I have ignored the randomly selected list for quite a while. I'm guessing it's mostly because there is nothing on it I really want to make. Of course, that's the whole point of the list, so I really should look at it more often. Apple, peach, or plum cake cockaigne (p. 691) was on the list, "Pies and Pastries" is an under-represented chapter, and peaches are in season in Colorado.
I sifted together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt, and then added cold butter and worked it in with my pastry blender:
I added an egg, some vanilla, and a little milk, and mixed the concoction:
I patted the dough into a greased pan. This was not an easy task--the dough was very sticky. It tasted good when I licked it off my fingers (before washing my hands, of course! Wash your hands if you lick them!).
I think peaches may be the fruit I hate the most (to which I'm not allergic, which cuts down the list sharply)--I really don't like peeling them. It takes forever. And peeling four cups of peaches takes a particularly long time. I arranged the peaches in a pretty pinwheel pattern:
I mixed brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little melted butter in a bowl:
And sprinkled it on the top of the cake:
I thought it was attractive. It definitely made the house smell amazing.
This cake got a split decision. I thought it was bland and that the dough was strangely mushy. Josh thought it was tasty and even better when we got some vanilla ice cream to go with it. I think the cake would be better with apples (more texture) or plums (more flavor) than the peaches I used. I would love to hear what other people thought of this recipe--let me know if you've made it.