Is this really the fourth peach recipe in a row? I will admit to being obsessed with peaches. I’m not tired of them yet, but sadly it is the end of the season and my treasured flat is empty. Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, and I am reminded of a line from Dylan Thomas’ poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
This cake is the blazing sun of desserts. Everything about it screams summer. Make it if you can find late season peaches. Hold on to the light. Because it is made with cornmeal and ground almonds (and therefore gluten-free), its interior is also golden. I’ve made this cake several times, substituting the cornmeal once with corn flour and once with polenta. The corn flour was decidedly unsuccessful, but I did like the slight crunchiness of the polenta.
If there are no more peaches where you live, ease into autumn by substituting plums or figs. Although I love the light of summer, autumn is my favorite time of the year. Bring on the pears, cranberries, quince, and persimmons. The light will be dimmer, the crisp air will bring relief from the heat, and we have the possibility of lots of rain on the west coast. Change is good, hope sustains us.