If you are cooking for your mother, mother-in-law, wife (or yourself) on Mothers Day, I hope you consider this recipe. Its humble title, “Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake” does not accurately describe it. The base is a vanilla cake, partially baked (25 minutes), then topped with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, chopped peaches, toasted pecans and a cinnamon streusel topping. It is then put back in the oven for another 35 minutes. It is divine!2 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 and 1/3 cups white sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter flavored Crisco shortening
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
(1) 3 ounce cream cheese (room temp)
(1) 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
(1) 29 ounce can peaches well drained (reserve syrup)
1/3 cup reserved peach liquid
2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
1 cup toasted pecans (divided)
1/3 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9” x 13” baking dish with vegetable spray (set aside).
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt; cut in the Crisco until crumbly. Remove one cup of these crumbs and set them aside. To the rest of the crumbs, add baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed two minutes. Spread batter in prepared 9”x13” baking pan and bake 25 minutes (cake will be only partially baked).
While cake is baking, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk and peach juice. Chop the drained peaches and add them to the milk mixture. Stir in ONE teaspoon of cinnamon and half cup of toasted nuts (set aside).
Make the streusel topping by combining the 1 cup of reserved cake crumb mixture, ½ cup of toasted chopped pecans and ONE teaspoon of cinnamon (set aside).
After the cake base has baked for 25 minutes, remove it from the oven and pour the peaches and cream mixture over it, spreading the peaches evenly. Top the peaches and cream mixture with the streusel topping and return to the oven for 35 more minutes
NOTE: When cutting the Crisco into the flour and sugar, try to get crumbs as fine as possible. I use my pastry cutter to get most of it worked in, but then I use my electric beaters and it will turn the crumbs into a very fine powder, which is what you want.
NOTE: I have never tried to substitute butter for the Crisco in this recipe.
NOTE: This cake is excellent, served warm (or room temperature) with whipped cream or ice cream.
Happy Mothers Day to all of you Mom’s out there! This Sunday is also my birthday (my birthday lands on Mothers Day every 7th year), so it will be a great day for me too!