peach pound cake

every year, my husband’s family has a family reunion. it’s gotten older and greyer through the years, as fewer and fewer of the younger generation even bothers showing up. those who do are rewarded with wonderful food, and family members not often seen. one of the highlights for us is the arrival of my husband’s great aunt. known as aunt allie to all the family, she and uncle buzz are a link to the happier times of the family’s young years; memories of trips to florida, and family reunions with hundreds of people. and nearly without fail, she brings a pound cake.

every year, her plate is left nearly empty, as we all swarm the pound cake like ravenous ants at a picnic. she sent me 3 recipes in the mail, after i asked for the 5 flavor poundcake recipe, the one she brought this year. it’s been a few years since we had peach poundcake, and with georgia peaches in season, i couldn’t resist.

it’s not overly complicated, but the amount of sugar and butter is so massive, this is a truly once a year dessert. and with the fourth of july tomorrow, this is a perfect summer picnic/potluck kind of dessert. it’s best enjoyed a day or 2 after baking, so this will be a real exercise in self control for me.

Aunt Allie’s Peach Pound Cake

ingredients:

1C softened butter

3C sugar

6 eggs

3C all purpose flour

1/4tsp. baking soda

1/4tsp. salt

1/2C sour cream

2C peeled and chopped fresh peaches**

1tsp. vanilla extract

1tsp. almond extract

directions:

preheat oven to 350F. grease and flour a tube or bundt pan, and set aside.

cream butter and sugar together, and add eggs in one at a time, mixing well after each addition. combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl, set aside. mix peaches and sour cream together, and set aside.
fold in 1/2 of flour mixture, and then fold in 1/2 of peach mixture. repeat.  fold in vanilla and almond extract. spoon into prepared buttered and floured tube pan (although bundt works fine in most cases, it needs to measure at least 10 cups.) and bake for 75-80 minutes.

**the easiest way to peel a peach is to treat it like a tomato. cut an X in the bottom, and pop it into boiling water for 20-30 seconds, removing quickly. once it’s cool enough to touch, peel from the X.

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