It is the same great recipe from my Grandmother only with peaches! She made it all the time switching up the fruit based on the season.
The beauty of this light “cake” is that the sweetness comes from the fruit, not the cake, so it really highlights seasonal fruit.
Truth by told, we have struggled with the name “Dutch Peach Cake” because my Grandmother always called it a “Dutch Peach Cake” but it’s not a cake in the traditional sense.
Let me explain… It’s a simple 7 ingredient pastry crust (reminiscent of a shortbread crust) that’s low in sugar (only a few tablespoons!) and low in butter (only 1/3 cup) and so yummy.
The pastry dough is gently pressed into the bottom and around the edges of a pie pan or even a rimmed baking sheet.
Then the peaches are pressed in to the dough. Topped with a dash of cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection!
And it’s not thick… you can see here, the cake part is thin and you are really tasting the peaches!
Whatever you name it, you’ll call it a delicious and easy addition to your baking repertoire. There’s a reason it’s a longtime family favorite!
Let’s take a look at the details.
This is all you need — pantry staples and some peaches!
The cake is made with 7 simple ingredients: Gluten-Free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules – Affiliate link), baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, milk and 1 egg.
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Back to the Gluten-Free Dutch Peach Cake…
It comes together quickly!
All you do is mix together the dry ingredients, add the egg and milk, then the butter.
The dough will be stiff. So you drop in into the pan and gently press if with your fingers into the pan and around the edges.
Then you press in the peaches anyway you like.
I tend to make circular designs but as you can see by all the different photos, they always look different!
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake!
You can also make it in a half or full baking sheet (if you double recipe) like my mom likes to do.
One last thing or my Grandmother would be upset that I haven’t shared… we make this cake with peaches in the summer, but it’s so good we make it with apples in the fall – any seasonal fruit would be great!
Hope you love it as much as we do!
Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.
Recipe from my Grandmother's this is a simple 7 ingredient cake, topped with peaches, a dash of cinnamon and sugar and baked to perfection. The beauty of this cake is that it isn't sweet and highlights the fruit of the season. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!
⅓ cup butter (or dairy free butter), room temperature, cut into pieces
⅓ cup milk
Cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling (we used a mix of 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, but didn't need it all)
6-8 fresh ripe peaches (depending on size), peeled and sliced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and lightly grease a 9 or 10 inch pie pan or ½ sized rimmed baking sheet.
In a large bowl add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar) and combine with a fork or pastry cutter.
Add eggs & milk into the flour mixture and mix to combine. Add butter one piece at a time and mix to combine. Batter will be stiff.
NOTE: my grandmother who made this with regular flour (ie gluten) insisted that this dough must be mixed by hand or with a large spoon and that you do not want to over mix. The batter should be rather stiff and only pliable with your hands. I however do everything in a stand mixer and there is no gluten to over mix when baking with gluten-free flour. Feel free to make it either way.
Drop batter onto prepared pie pan by spoonfuls, and gently press into the bottom and around the edges of the pan.
Press sliced peaches into the dough, pushing gently.
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