Recipe: Spiced Nectarine Cake

What You Need:

 

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 ½ tsp. finely grated lemon peel

1 ¼ cups self-rising flour

5 medium nectarines (about 1 ¾ lbs.) halved, and cut into quarters

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Generously butter a 9 in. springform pan.
  3. Beat ½ cup butter in large bowl until fluffy.
  4. Add ¾ cup sugar and beat until blended.
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add lemon juice and lemon peel.
  6. Beat in flour until smooth.
  7. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  8. Arrange enough nectarine slices atop batter in concentric circles to cover completely. Press lightly into place.
  9. Mix cinnamon and remaining 3 tbsp. sugar in a small box. Sprinkle over cake.
  10. Bake for one hour, or until cake is golden brown and done all the way through.
  11. Cut around cake to loosen. Remove pan sides.
  12. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
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