Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grilled Peaches and Pound Cake

I was watching Cash Cab the other night and one of the very first questions in the episode was – what dessert is named due to its ingredient list with 16 oz of butter, 16 oz of sugar, 16 oz...etc?

Do you know?

I did, but only because I recently had a discussion with a friend just a few months ago about a traditional recipe.

This led me to yelling, “Pound cake. POUND Cake. POUND CAKE!” at the couple on TV who couldn’t seem to come up with the answer.

So ever since then I’ve had pound cake on my mind. Not the original recipe that makes a load of cake, but perhaps a modified version that we could handle in our house.

This weekend when we decided to grill some more peaches I decided it was my opportunity to slip in a little pound cake.

If you’ve never grilled peaches before, it is super simple. Just half and remove the pit. If you want to you can sprinkle them with sugar on the cut side, or you can do this with sugar or honey after they grill, or you can leave the sugar out all together. That’s what we did this time, just straight peaches.

Place them on a hot grill, cut side down for 3 to 5 minutes and you have warm, juicy peaches perfect for dessert.

I modified a standard recipe for the pound cake using Demerara sugar and white whole wheat flour. It baked up wonderfully. We served it with the peaches and drizzled the whole thing with some coconut milk.

Grilled Peaches and Pound Cake

½ to 1 peach per person, grilled using instructions above
½ cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups raw cane sugar
1 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup milk
Coconut milk for drizzling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar, cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and almond extract and mix well. Beat for 3 to 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually alternate between mixing in the dry ingredients and the milk. Mix just until smooth.

Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack about 10 minutes, remove from pan and serve warm or allow to cool completely. Makes 10-12 slices.

Plate one slice of the cake with one or two peach halves and drizzle with coconut milk to serve.


OysterCulture said...

Love grilled peaches and does it get any better than to pair them with pound cake, ooh la la as my niece would say.

TasteHongKong said...

Sure, no second opinion on this wonderful pound cake. I’d also love to try pairing grilled peach with coconut milk.

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

Everything about this sounds pretty much amazing.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

the grilled peaches also nice to eat with BBQ, and I always like simple pound cake, YUM!

Shu Han said...

Oh that looks amazing! Just screams summer! I also posted on peaches a while ago, but with caramel and ginger instead, i love your version esp with the coconut milk. and I've never tried grilling peaches before they look like a must try!


Viv said...

the crumbs on the pound cake look so fine and delicate! must be a really moist and delicious pound cake! with the juicy sweet grilled peach it must be a great match! :)
haha TV has such a big influence in kitchens aye? hehe i recently saw a simple sponge cake on TV and couldn't stop thinking about it!

Mike@How To Make A Smoothie At Home said...

Looks like a great recipe. My family loves bbq. Can't wait to try it.

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

Ha, what a show! I can't believe the couple couldn't figure it out! I didn't realize the meaning behind the name but I hope I could have figured that out?! :)

Suzanne said...


Thank you!

Neil Butterfield said...

Sounds absolutely awesome, thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

YUM! I love grilled peaches...sounds excellent with pound cake!

Allie Robbins said...

Just found your blog. Your food is absolutely beautiful!

5 Star Foodie said...

Grilled peaches with the pound cake sound really delicious! And I was just looking for a good pound cake recipe, cool!

Lori said...

So glad you liked what might be our last hoorah of summer desserts! :) I feel myself leaning towards all things apple and pumpkin now!
Allie - Thanks so much for stopping by!

kat said...

That is summer in a dessert!