This post should be more aptly entitled "Summer's Last Hurrah." Like these peaches. Just when I thought the sad end of stone fruit season had come, I ran into these peaches at the market. And they are some of the juiciest, most peachy-tasting peaches I have ever had. Most of them didn't even make it into dessert form--they just disappeared into my belly as soon as I brought them home. True noms!
What I did manage to save, though, went into this cake, which was designed purely as a sweet vessel for thick slices of these wonderful peaches. (Like, seriously, people. This is about the peaches.) The cake itself is a ginger-pecan cake, with the perfect balance of freshly grated ginger to add a bit of spice and toasted pecans to add a bite of nuttiness. The frosting is a simple affair--basically a creamy, sweet bed on which to rest peaches, with the dark, rich undertones of brown sugar instead of white sugar. Just because dark sugar is so much more superior. :-)
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As for summer, I'm having the hardest time getting my head and body and spirit back in the game for the new academic year. *sigh* This is not entirely helped by the fact that I am... get this... going on vacation! Ohhhhh yeah.... :-) I know, I know, I'm totally playing hooky from one of my schools (granted, my home institution is still on summer break, so I feel at least partially justified in this), and I am headed out to the Big Island of Hawai'i. Haha! You don't know how excited I am for this. I've never been to Hawai'i before, so this is going to be extra awesome. (I'm sorry if you're jealous...)
That said, please! I need your recommendations for places to go, things to eat, experiences to have on the Big Island! If you have any, please leave them in the comments below. Any and all recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I'm also looking for any contacts to cacao growers on the Big Island for a special project, in case any Hawai'i cacao growers or anyone who knows anyone reads this blog.
Just a few more days of work before vacation, but at least, in the meantime, I have a slice of peach cake left in the fridge... :-D
Read on for recipe....