Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:10

My secret and delicious Austrian peach pie recipe

In Austria this would be your traditional apricot cake – the quintessence of Austrian baking so to speak. And I really had planned to make an apricot cake until I saw those peaches sitting there – looking all lush and juicy and gorgeous. So I got those peaches, but as I was taking my pretty cargo home, I was wondering  ‘Is it wrong?’ ‘Will my transformation into a peach cake recipe work?’ ‘Should I tell the guests at Mary’s Dinner Club that this isn’t the ‘real thing’?’

The history of the peach cake recipe

I have vivid ‘Marillenkuchen’ (apricot cake) childhood memories. The minute the first apricots appeared at the shop in my Austrian hometown, my mother would say ‘Oh it’s apricot season, I should bake an apricot cake’. And after that each week my mother would say ‘Gosh the apricots are so good this year, I should bake an apricot cake’. And towards the end of the apricot season my mother would say ‘Oh dear, soon there won’t be any apricots, I should bake an apricot cake’.

There was no peach cake recipe

Now I am wondering if other children in Austria underwent the same apricot trauma. I did like it, we all did… but I guess there was just a bit too much of it. I am starting to suspect that my rebellious inner child had made me buy those peaches even though it was also apricot season. Just for once – never mind it’s apricot season – you may bake with whatever fruit you wish. Go for that peach cake recipe!

The misinterpreted peach cake recipe

And so I did – I baked the moistest, most wonderful peach cake ever. Even the egg whites collaborated on this rare occasion and stiffened in no time and the dough turned out fluffy and light. I was still undecided about what to tell those guests – shall I confess that I’ve broken one of the longest standing traditions of the Austrian cake baking?

I finally decided to say nothing at all. They loved it, they adored it, they oohed and they aahed and then it happened… ‘Is it apricot cake?’ one guest asked. I was thunderstruck, forgotten were those plans to keep my little secret ‘Nooh, it’s a peach cake!’ I protested.

I guess the moral of the story is, if it’s apricot season, don’t even try to bake a peach cake, people will still think it’s an apricot cake. I am still undecided as for the topping I shall put next time, but I am sure it is one of the best cake recipes I’ve ever owned. I may give it my next try when neither apricots or peaches are available.

peach cake recipe

Ingredients for the best peach cake recipe ever (about 8 pieces)

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar (can be reduced)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ kilo peaches (or apricots if you must)

peach cake recipe

Directions for the best peach cake recipe ever

  • Mix egg yolks, yogurt sugar and vanilla sugar until creamy
  • Slowly pour in oil
  • Mix flour and baking powder
  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites until airy and fluffy
  • Gently mix egg whites into the batter
  • Line a deep baking tray with baking paper and spread the batter onto it
  • Place quartered peaches on top

Bake for 25 – 35 minutes at 180 °C (check frequently, if the peaches are very juicy baking time will be slightly longer, make sure it’s baked all the way through)

If you’ve liked this revolutionary peach cake recipe and want to ‘get serious’ about Austrian cakes, you’ll love this absolutely gorgeous book called Austrian Desserts: The Austrian Pastry Cookbook by Toni Moerwald with excellent explanations and recipes to make you a real pro in Austrian desserts

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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