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Summer Fruit Torte
Classic Home Desserts:
A Treasury of Heirloom and
by Richard Sax, introduction by Dorie Greenspan
November 2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(winner of both a James Beard Award and a Julia Child Award!)
by Richard Sax, 1994, Chapters Publishing, Ltd./2000
Houghton Mifflin Company
recipe for this fruit torte first appeared in 1960 in Marian Burros’ 'The
Elegant But Easy Cookbook' (co-authored by Lois Levine), a book my mother
swears by [now available as 'The New Elegant but Easy Cookbook'.]
After trying every conceivable variant on cake with fruit, I can tell you
for summer fruit, this cake is IT. There is no improving on its basic
tender yellow cake, put together in minutes (I usually mix
the batter by
a wooden spoon) and topped with whatever fruit is
best that week
The cake is also sturdy enough to transport when you’ve volunteered to
bring dessert. I usually double the recipe, baking two cakes in foil pans.
Makes one 8-
or 9-inch single-layer cake; serves 6 to 8
cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
scant cup all-purpose flour, spooned
lightly into a measuring cup
tablespoon baking powder
peaches or nectarines, peeled,
pitted and sliced
cinnamon, for sprinkling
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8- or 9-inch round
With an electric mixer at medium-high speed (or in a mixing bowl
a large wooden spoon), beat the butter until light. Beat in the
and vanilla until fluffy; beat in the eggs, one at a time.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
to the butter mixture and stir just until combined, no longer.
4. Scrape the batter into the pan; smooth the top. Scatter the fruit
the batter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Bake until the cake is golden brown and baked through, about
6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature,
cut into wedges.
Marian Burros’ original recipe calls for 12 purple plums,
halved, pitted and arranged skin side up. Raspberries also work well.
In fall or winter, substitute sliced apples and fresh cranberries.
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