On Tuesday morning, I woke up early to the terrible news that my grandmother had died. If you’ve been reading along for a while, you’ve heard about Gram – here and here. She was a spunky character with a wicked sense of humor and a warm heart. She did not suffer fools lightly and she didn’t know how to say no to her grandchildren. When we were little, she sewed our Easter dresses, threatening to put bricks on our heads to stop us growing between the time of first measurements and the finished outfits. For Christmas she made the only fruitcake I would ever eat. It was moist and full of pecans. She fried her legendary chicken well into her eighties, despite assuring us all that she would quit when she reached that milestone because, and I’ll be honest, we begged. It seems like just a few years ago, my cousin Simone and I coerced her into one more frying session, just so we could take notes and watch every step. I don’t know about Simone, but I still cannot match that chicken.
It seems so normal today with our ubiquitous music from every device but Gram was the first person I remember ever listening to music on the radio as she worked in the kitchen. I can’t hear the classic that starts, “Good morning, star shine” and continues something like “Dooby ooby walla, dooby abba dabba. Early morning singing song,” without hearing her voice, singing along, stirring a roux or probably with chicken sizzling in the huge Magnalite roaster she used for frying. Lid on, just barely cracked. It occurs to me writing this that Gram, being born in 1913, was just a few years older than I am now, and listening to pop songs from the musical Hair. No wonder she never seemed old to me, despite having natural white hair since she was in her thirties. Even my other grandmother called her “the fun one” with just a little envy.
I went to visit her just a few weeks ago in the nursing home we had to call a rehab center because she refused to live in a nursing home. She had fallen and broken her femur, endured surgery to repair the damage and was doing 100 minutes of physiotherapy a day, preparing to go home. I walked in the second morning and she was in the physio room. The therapist told her to show me what she could do and I’ll be doggone if my 99 1/2 year old grandmother didn’t bend right over and touch the ground! My aunt was already busy organizing her 100th birthday party in December and, last I had heard, Gram was going to be released this Friday. Then suddenly, she was gone.
In between looking for last minute seats on airplanes, I baked this cake the day I left Dubai for her funeral. And since it calls for Champagne, we lifted a glass to Gram. She was never a drinker but I think she would have appreciated the gesture.
We didn’t get to celebrate your 100th birthday, Gram, but I can assure you that we will celebrate your life, your love of family and the joy of good food cooked in a happy kitchen, leaning always on your good example.
For the cake
1 cup or 225g unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups or 450g sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
3 cups or 375g flour plus more for pan
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
2 yellow peaches about 200g after peeling and pitting
2 white peaches –about 200g after peeling and pitting
1/2 cup or 125g peach yogurt
1/2 cup or 120ml Champagne or Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine
For the glaze
1/2 cup or 70g powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons Champagne
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your Bundt pan by buttering it liberally and then shaking a couple of tablespoons of flour in it to coat. Set aside.
Peel your peaches and dice two. Puree the other two with a hand blender. I chose to use white peaches for the puree since traditional bellinis were made with white peaches but, really, you can use all yellow, if that’s what you have.
Sift your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar until yellow and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at time, beating well in between.
Add half of the flour and mix again.
Now add half of the yogurt and half of the peach puree. Mix again.
Add the rest of the flour and mix and then the rest of the yogurt and peach puree. And, you guessed it, mix.
Fold in the diced peaches.
Finally, fold in the Champagne.
Pour the batter in your prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Meanwhile, mix the Champagne one teaspoon at a time into the powdered sugar, until it is of good drizzling consistency. I ended up using three teaspoons.
When the Bundt is baked, let it cool for 15 or 20 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Once the cake is cool, drizzle with the glaze. I like to use a decorating bag with a tiny icing tip for prettier lines.
Serve with the rest of the bottle of the Champagne.
Craving more Bundt cakes with peaches? Have a look at all of the other wonderful peachy Bundts the Bundt-a-month group has baked for you today.
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Frangipane Peach Bundt by Sandra from The Sweet Sensations
Momotaro Peach Boy Cake by Kim from Ninja Baking
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Peach Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake by Lora from Cake Duchess
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