Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Dried Peaches

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Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Dried Peaches

If you’ve been hanging around kitchens for any length of time you probably have a particular favorite cheesecake. The jammy Strawberry-Topped Cheesecake is popular, or maybe your favorite cheesecake is simply sliced and served as in this lemony version from Mark Bittman. Cheesecake is a staple and most cooks have a fairly certain point of view about which type they prefer. However, if you’re not one of those cooks, or perhaps you just don’t care for the traditionally creamy styles that grace most menus then I’d like you to set these prejudices aside and consider making this Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Dried Peaches your favorite cheesecake.

It’s a seemingly unusual cheesecake, especially if you compare it to a New York Cheesecake. Partly because it’s dense and moist with an uncreamy crumb that has more in common with a pound cake than a no-bake cheesecake. But more importantly, the fruit element in this Cream Cheese Bundt Cake isn’t jammy nor is it fresh and juicy – it’s made with dried peaches.

I know from experience that dried fruit isn’t always a crowd-pleaser. I’ve seen plenty of folks spend most of their Starbucks coffee break patiently plucking currants from a scone. Of course, you can’t talk about the lack of love for dried fruit without using prunes as a case in point. Admit it, you’ve had a box of the wizened little wretches in the back of your pantry since 1994.

That said, dried fruit can be a bakers friend. Because getting just the right balance of moisture, sugar, and flour to make a successful cake often means that fresh fruit is off-limits. One of my most memorable baking fails was a Martha Stewart recipe for fresh strawberry-studded cookies. If you go back and read my post about them you’ll see I tried several ways to tame the moisture from those fresh berries. Dried fruit doesn’t weep when baked the same way many berries and stone fruits do. GREG

Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Dried Peaches

Dried Peach Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

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Dried Peach Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cup dried peaches (cut into ½-inch chunks)
  • 2 cup fruity white wine
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 8 ounce cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour (scooped and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar (for dusting, optional)

Directions

Place peaches and wine in a medium-sized saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a low boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the liquid is syrupy. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow peaches to completely cool in the liquid. Do not drain.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare a bundt pan by lightly coating the interior with non-stick cooking spray and a light sprinkling of flour. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, use a hand-held mixer to blend together the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating in between additions until well incorporated.

Add the flour and baking powder to the mixture in several additions and then use a rubber spatula and fold the dry ingredients into the batter between additions. Add the peaches along with their liquid and continue to fold the ingredients together until just mixed through.

Transfer the batter to the bundt pan. Tap the pan firmly on your kitchen counter several times to settle the batter into the folds of the pan.

Bake in the heated oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is ready. If not, place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes and perform the toothpick test again.

Allow the cake to cool for five minutes and then turn the cake out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving. (Optional)