Bring a bit of sunshine in your kitchen this winter with the bright and sunny Peach & Almond slice. Adapted from Happy Home Baking, the underlying base is a spongy layer of almond infused cake. While you may use other nuts like hazelnut or pecan nuts, I think almonds are the perfect pair when it comes to fruit desserts like this one. I used canned peaches here, fresh ones are nowhere to be found at this time of the year but substitutions such as apricots, mangoes and plums are very much allowed. Serve with freshly whipped cream, if you can.

PEACH & ALMOND SLICE

Ingredients:

100g unsalted butter, room temperature

30g + 60g caster sugar, divided

2 large eggs, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

80g all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

70g ground almonds

6 peach halves, fresh or canned

50g almond flakes

Method:

  • If using canned apricots, wash them to remove the syrup, drain, pat dry with paper towel and set aside.
  • Place butter in a mixing bowl, beat with a wooden spoon or a balloon whisk till smooth. Add the sugar.

  • Continue to beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add egg yolks, whisking after each addition.
  • Add vanilla extract, whisk to combine. In a clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer.

  • Add half of the sugar and turn to high speed and beat the mixture. Continue to add in remaining sugar.
  • Beat until the egg whites reaches the soft peak stage. The egg whites should appear smooth and glossy.

  • Add the beaten egg whites into the butter and egg yolk batter in 2 separate additions, folding gently.
  • Sieve over the flour, baking powder and ground almonds. Fold with the spatula until just combined.

  • Spoon batter into a 18cm square pan lined with parchment paper. Spread and smooth it out evenly.
  • Arrange the peaches, cut side down. Sprinkle the almond flakes on the surface of the exposed batter.

  • Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees C for about 30-35 mins or till the almond flakes start to brown.
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool in pan for 5 mins. Serve warm or cold. Makes 6 individual slices.

Smells of Almonds & Peaches

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