Sigh. Bandwidth issues have been my nemesis for the last couple of weeks. It seems that we exceeded our maximum bandwidth allowance and our internet connection speed got slowed down to a c.r.a.w.l. until the bandwidth police decided we had been without it for a sufficient amount of time.
As I was wondering whether or not I should make a trip into town to find some free WiFi so I could share this luscious torte with you, I got the best birthday surprise ever! My son, daughter in law and grandson drove all the way from Texas to surprise me for my birthday! (Insert tears and an extremely happy Mimi here.) And since they've been here, I have to admit that I haven't missed my computer a bit. We've been spending time together and having loads of fun. I mean, who could miss their internet when they've got Sherlock Jones to hang out with? Seriously.
My little baking assistant and I have been spending time in the kitchen though. We made this luscious torte not once, but twice. Why? Cinnamon and sugar coated peaches nestled in a dreamy cream cheese filling, all wrapped up in a nut filled crust, that's why! This recipe comes from my friend/neighbor/colleague Kathy, who got it from her Aunt Betty, and it's been a birthday favorite in her family for years. It's good the first day, and even better the second. I can't attest to how it is after that, because it never lasted any longer!
My bandwidth has finally been restored so I'll be cautiously catching up with everybody soon. I'm anxious to find out what everyone has been up to!
Bavarian Peach Torte
recipe from Kathy (and her Aunt Betty)
Ingredients for crust:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped very finely (I bet almonds would be good too!)
Ingredients for filling:
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp. cinnamon
20 oz. can of sliced peaches, drained
Instructions for crust:
In large bowl, beat butter, 1/3 c. sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until well blended. Gradually add flour until well mixed. Stir in nuts. With lightly floured hands, press mixture into bottom and 1" up sides of 10" springform pan.
Instructions for filling:
- In small bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.
- Beat in egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until just blended. Pour into crust.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In large bowl, combine 1 tsp sugar and cinnamon. Add peach slices and toss gently.
- Arrange peach slices on top of cream cheese mixture.
- Bake 35 minutes, or until cream cheese mixture is set.
- Cool torte in pan 20 min, then carefully remove sides. Serve warm or refrigerate to serve cold.