How to make it

  • For the peach-polenta cake: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place almonds and sugar in a food processor and pulse until they are finely ground. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the almond-sugar mixture, polenta, flour, and salt. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer. Beat with a paddle using a medium speed, until the butter is creamy and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and peach schnapps (if using). Turn the mixer to low and add the dry ingredients a little at a time.
  • Cut the peach halves into 1/4-inch wedges. In the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, arrange the peaches in concentric circles, starting in the center of the pan, forming a spiral pattern. Spoon the batter over the peaches. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the sides from the pan and allow the cake to cool on a rack.
  • For the peach syrup: In a small stainless steel saucepan, combine the peaches, sugar, wine, water, peach schnapps (if using), and vanilla bean and seeds. Set over low to medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is slightly syrupy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the vanilla bean pieces from the syrup. Place syrup in a blender or food processor and purée until smooth.
  • To serve: Turn cake over onto a serving plate and remove the bottom of the pan. Cut into 6 to 8 wedges and serve with peach-vanilla syrup.
  • Variations: In place of the peaches, substitute other stone fruit such as plums, apricots, or substitute tree fruit such as apples, figs, or pears. Make sure the fruit is thinly sliced so that it will be cooked through when the cake is baked.
  • Beverage pairing: A slightly sweet dessert wine (like a muscat) with peach overtones will put you over the top.

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  • cookinglikecrazy 11 years ago
    peaches are so summer!
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    " It was excellent "
    turtle66 ate it and said...
    very nice im saving this one TY.
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    " It was excellent "
    floydc ate it and said...
    this looks awsome!
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  • capedread 11 years ago
    Dear God I love polenta........
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  • jett2whit 11 years ago
    oh yummy! Last year in September my daughter and I went with a group to the Lane Packing Co. in Fort Valley, GA ... they have all kinds of peachy things. We love peaches. This sounds so good. Jett
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  • beelzebufo 11 years ago
    excellent..I will recommend this to my wife to serve at her restaurant.
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