peach breakfast “cake”

This is a fantastic light and moist “cake” and is perfect for a summer breakfast or dessert.  Serve with your favorite yogurt and fruit or ice cream.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized peaches, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter or spray a 9-inch baking pan.

2. Slice peaches and arrange in the bottom of the pan without any gaps.

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3. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

4. In a larger bowl cream together the butter and sugar on high speed for 2 minutes.  Switch to a whisk attachment and beat for 3 minutes more at high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl when needed.  Add in the eggs one at a time and then add in the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture and beat just long enough to eliminate any lumps.

5. Spread the batter over the fruit in the pan.

6. Place the pan on the oven rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 minute until golden brown.

7. Let cool slightly, then turn over onto a plate, serve warm to cool.

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Ham & Cheese Puff

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Ingredients:

1/4 pound Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound Manchego cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound applewood smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

1 pound sliced ham

2 sheets puff pastry, barely thawed

1-3 tablespoons dijon mustard

1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

1. Carefully unroll both sheets of the puff pastry – place one on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet and set the other one aside.

2. Spread a thin layer of the dijon mustard on the puff pastry on the cooking sheet.

3. Layer the cheese and ham making sure to mix up the cheese.

4. Place the second puff pastry sheet on top of the ham and cheese, press the edges of both puff pastry sheets together.

5. With a cooking brush, brush the beaten egg all over the top of the puff pastry.

6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes.

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