Peaches and cream loaf

    1 hour 15 minutes

    Fresh peaches and sour cream make this a moist loaf. You can eat it as a dessert topped with frozen yogurt and thickly sliced fresh peaches.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 2–3 peaches
    • 185 g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
    • 110 g (3/4 cup) plain wholemeal flour
    • 25 g (1/4 cup) toasted wheat germ
    • 165 g (3/4 cup) sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 125 g (1/2 cup) sour cream
    • 1 egg plus 2 egg whites
    • 2 tablespoons extra-light olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon almond essence

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Use a 23× 3cm loaf tin. Coat tin with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 180°C.
    2. Blanch peaches in a saucepan of boiling water for 20 seconds. Peel, pit and finely chop; you will need about 185 g (1 cup) of peach flesh.
    3. Combine flours, wheat germ, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. Combine sour cream, egg, egg whites, oil and the essence in a separate bowl. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients. Pour in sour cream mixture; stir just until combined. Fold in peaches.
    4. Spoon batter into tin; level the top. Bake for about 1 hour until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Place tin on a wire rack; cool loaf in tin for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool completely.

    Top Tip

    The ‘heart’ of the wheat kernel, wheat germ has a nutty flavour; it contains cardioprotective nutrients which include vitamin E, folate, magnesium and zinc. It's easy to use wheat germ in your meals: add it to smoothies, pie and crumble toppings and to breadcrumbs for coating chicken or fish or burgers.

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