Blackberry-Peach Coffee Cake

Prep: 20 min.; Bake: 1 hr., 10 min.; Cool: 1 hr., 30 min.

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Streusel Topping (See recipe below)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups peeled and sliced fresh firm, ripe peaches (about 2 large peaches, 7 oz. each)

1 cup fresh blackberries

Powdered sugar

Garnishes: fresh blackberries, sliced peaches

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Streusel Topping.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch springform pan; top with sliced peaches and blackberries. Pinch off 1-inch pieces of Streusel Topping, and drop over fruit.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until center of cake is set. (A wooden pick inserted in center will not come out clean.) Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 1/2 hours). Dust with powdered sugar. Garnish, if desired.

Note: We found that using a shiny or light-colored pan gave us the best results. If you have a dark pan, wrap the outside of the pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil to get a similar result.

Streusel Topping

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preparation

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar, beating well. Add flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg; beat just until blended.

Southern Living, JUNE 2009