Cooking with Hope: Versatile peaches work in everything from salad to salsa

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

3/4 cup milk

Vanilla ice cream, for serving, if desired


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Melt 1-tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1- cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1-tablespoon water and cook, stirring occasionally, until smooth and a golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Pour this mixture into the prepared cake pan and tilt until bottom is coated. Arrange peach slices in a circular fashion in a single layer of the pan, cutting peaches to fit if necessary. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over peach slices

In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

With an electric mixer beat together remaining 7-tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the milk; beginning and ending with the flour mixture; beat in each addition until just blended together.

Spread batter evenly over the peach slices in the prepared pan, bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Place on a rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate and let cool completely. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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