Thursday, 30 September 2010

Peach and Blackberry Crumble Cake



These days weather is changing as frequently as it could manage! It started getting cold, windy, cloudy and rainy ans sunny mornings are becoming a rare sight. It’s all giving me a warning alarm for winter. Before the winter strike us again, let me share this beautiful cake before the summer fruits and berries completely vanishes from the supermarket Aisle. I know it’s way past late to submit this recipe but I could still see blackberries in the shops, so If you could manage to grab some bake this cake. It would make you famous;).


 Blackberries also called as ‘Brambles’ in the UK are deep purplish, soft berries that look like clusters of small juicy balls. Wild blackberries are generally smaller in size and tarter than the commercial ones which are really sweet . When i came across these for the first time, I thought they were something wild and inedible. All I did was plucking and squishing them to squirt out the purplish juice of of it.  And this happned every time I came across them just for the fun of doing it. It was when I saw this gorgeous Blackberry cake prepared by Archana that I realised it was an edible berry. There were loads and loads of them growing wild in the bushes on the way to our local library and my son’s nursery and hence I get chance to pluck few of them every once in a while. As these grow on thorny bushes and there are quite a lot of spooky spiders all around, it was a bit of pain gathering them...There were quite a few peaches sitting in the fridge and quite a lot of wild blackberries which had to sacrifice their freshness in one way or the other. So I threw them into this cake and I am glad I did. As there was a get together that was to be held the very next week I thought of baking a bigger cake to take away for the potluck. Everyone who had a piece of the cake absolutely loved it!

The cake was super moist, perfectly balanced by all means, had the right amount of sweetness, and the crumble on the top gave it a light cookie-like bite. I loved the slight tartness that came through blackberries and the soft and sweet peaches in the cake. My son screamed “Jam” as he took in the first bite! I couldn’t wait for the cake to cool down completely before I cut them, so blackberries were very soft and almost like jam! You can see that in the picture. It had the perfect buttery cake base which was rich and fluffy at the same time. One of the best cakes I ever made! If I make this cake again, I would add more peaches, may be one more as I loved the peaches in the cake much. I personally hate peaches as they are, but when it comes to desserts and sweets, they are real good!!

If you don’t find blackberries try substituting them with raspberries, blueberries or chopped strawberries. I haven't done that, but if I were you, I would do that.  And if berries are inaccessible, add 2 cups of peaches instead of berries and peaches. I am also looking forward to try the same recipe with apples, pineapples, plums etc.

Peach and Blackberry Crumble Cake
Serves 8-10
Baking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients:

100g soft unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon salt
220g (1 cup) granulated sugar
2 large eggs (133g)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (Maida)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup whole milk
½ Tablespoon vanilla essence
1 cup fresh and firm peach, cut into 8 segments and then halved. (1 large Peach, 140g)
1 heaped cup of fresh blackberries (160g)
1 ½ Tablespoon castor sugar


 
For Crumble:
45g cold butter, cubed
½ cup plain flour
3 Tablespoon granulated/castor sugar
A pinch of cinnamon powder

Preparation:


 
1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Butter an an 8 " deep round pan and line it with baking paper.

2.Prepare crumble Topping: In a bowl combine all the ingredients and rub using fingers well to get coarse breadcrumb like mixture. Keep it aside.

3. For the cake: Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. (I used wooden spoon for all mixing).

4. Combine flour, baking powder and salt (Avoid salt if using salted butter); add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well using a wooden spoon until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 8 inch pan, preferably spring form tin.

5. Top with sliced peaches and blackberries and scatter crumble topping all over.

6. Bake at 180°C for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack and Garnish with fresh blackberries and sliced peaches if desired.

Notes:

If blackberries are unavailable, just use peaches. Add an extra cup chopped of peaches substituting for the blackberries.

30 comments:

Satya said...

this cake looks awesome dear ...love each n every clicks

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
Love that beautiful perfect wedge. I just bought some nectarines and blueberry to make a crumble. But this crumble cake looks divine.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Perfect crumble cake...lovely presentation...addition of peaches and blackberries makes the cake etra delicious

Kairali sisters said...

Brilliant pictures Shabs...Cake looks amazing too,Its getting cold at this part of the world too...

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Thats a great combo.Mouthwatering pics as always.

Fajeeda said...

the cake looks superb dear...........very new cake will try out surely.............

Fathima said...

Perfect crumble cake... love the blackberry peach combo... and awesome clicks as usual!

Divya Kudua said...

Looks yummy Shabs..I've become a big fan of crumble now,got to try with Apples!!

archana said...

Totally love that piece of cake ! W

Zia Elle said...

Lovely pictures and great recipe Shab!

An Open Book said...

That looks gorgeous shab...i am not that big a fan of crumble cakes, so maybe il try the bottom bit:)
i love using peaches for my upside down cake...turns out lovely

Anonymous said...

in the first picture of the baked cake i can see blackberries and apple piece at the bottom of teh cake also, whereas in the recipe we need to put the fruits only on thetop layer. Will the fruits come down during baking or do we ned to put in bettween teh batter? kindly clarify..

Priya said...

Am speechless, just looking at ur clicks and drooling here rite now..irresistible crumble cake..

Vrinda said...

Perfect fall dessert...lov crumble cake..looks fab...

Happy Cook said...

I am bookmarking this one. Here the berried are almost finished in the wild , i always pick them when i go for walking but then instead of bringing home i eat them all while picking, i know greedy.
Cake look so so good i love cakes like this.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Perfectly done !!! Loved the refreshing pics !!

Bergamot said...

Looks delicious... cake with fruit and crispy top... yumm

Pavithra said...

Wow shabs pictures are awesome and crumble cake is my fav one and that too loaded with berries OMG its really tempting !!! Wish I am there to have a slice ...Mouthwatering !!!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. Looks sooo tempting and delicious.. gr8 job !!

nora@ffr said...

helow shabs!! vat a lovely blog you have.. love it soo much!!! m soo in love with this yummy crumble cake!! keep it up!!
cheers!!
nora

Suja Sugathan said...

Crumble cake looks divine..yummy combo,will surely give this a try..beautiful clicks

Ann said...

Delightful recipe, but that sixth picture of the slice of cake...really..err..takes the cake! So impressed by your camera skills =)

Jennifurla said...

Adorable with that bow

Pushpa said...

Delicious crumble cake with those awesome berries.Beautiful clicks.

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Shabs.. said...

Thanks u all so much for stopping by my space and encouranging. Thanks for the continous support.

@Anon, regarding your question, i just scattered teh fruits on the batter. But i had slightly pushed the peaches into the batter, just halfway through. I haven't added anything between batter. It all sank into the batter during baking, which is what i want. But it was equally distributed.

Love and Regards,
shabs.

Rachana said...

A very delicious fruity crumble cake. Great photography!

Brownieville Girl said...

Thank you so much for bringing my attention to this wonderful cake - it looks just perfect - I'm going to file it for when the peaches are available again (have some blackberries in the freezer)


Thanks again.

Janie Secker said...

Hi, just been out to pick the blackberries, (it's Autumn in NZ)...can you tell me what the extra 1.5 tbsp of castor sugar is at the end of the cake mix ingredients? Sorry if I've missed something, I'm a novice!

Janie Secker said...

Just been out to pick the blackberries (it is Autumn in NZ)...can you tell me what the extra 1.5 tbsp of castor sugar is for at the end of the cake ingredient list? Sorry if I've missed something, I'm a novice!

Shabs said...

Hi Janie, I think that was a mistake. I don't seem to have used that sugar in the recipe. It's a great recipe if you are planning to make it:)

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