Sometimes, when I have a lot going on and things start to slip, I'll remark offhandedly, "Oh, I must be losing it." This week, that statement took on a whoooooole new meaning my friends. It was time for our monthly game of CLUE, the theme was pears, apples, and pumpkins and I was assigned Lauren's blog Sew You Think You Can Cook. So far so good. I hopped on over to Lauren's blog and learned that she left her job as an aerospace engineer to stay at home with her adorable son and hopes to become a caterer. Judging by her delicious recipes, she's well on her way. I quickly settled on her fantastic looking Pear Coffee Cake because um hello, cake! And um hello again, streusel!
Then, I made the five minute journey to my neighborhood grocery store, grabbed my goods, rolled on home, and commenced caking. I took the "pears" out of the bag, washed 'em, and got set to peeling when I realized I wasn't holding a pear. I was staring at a peach and it was staring right back at me. For a brief and hopeful second, I thought maybe I'd gotten peaches and pears so I reached in to the bag hoping it was like some sort of genie bag that magically created things that I knew darn well were not there. I obviously came up empty handed. I am not sure how in the span of five minutes, my brain took pears and turned them in to peaches except to say, they both start with the letter p so maybe that's worth an A for effort?
I refused to go back to the grocery store on sheer principle so I set to finding myself a peach cake recipe. There were some fantastic looking peach upside down cakes but I had this horrible vision of half the cake getting stuck in the pan which may or may not explain all of the gorgeous pictures on the interwebs showing just half the cake. No, I needed something more "rustic" that could stand up to the many, many cups of coffee I planned on to accompany said cake. I happened on a peach bread recipe, and although my dessert bread experience has been limited to banana and pumpkin, I figured that on a day I had mistaken peaches for pears, I had very little left to lose.
So I diced up some peaches, mixed 'em in a decidedly cake'y batter, topped the bread with some of Lauren's delicious streusel and created this here Peach Streusel Bread. The final product was moist, perfectly cake-like, and topped with a deliciously crumbly streusel. Overall, it was a fantastic accompaniment to afternoon coffee time. And at the risk of turning this mishap in to a win, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this streusel bread would be pretty darn with great with actual pears too!
You can read more fantastic Blogger CLUE posts at:
- Apple Banana Bread by Lora from Cake Duchess
- Apple Brie Panini by Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Apple Butter by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
- Apple Pie with Oat Streusel by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Arugula, Pear and Parmesan Salad by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Butternut Squash Soup with Apple by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Chaussons aux Pommes by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal by Kim from Liv Life
- Creamy Tomato Soup by Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Fresh Peach Buckle by Sue from A Palatable Pastime
- Fried Apple Hand Pies by Heather from girlichef
- Greek Yogurt Apple Loaf by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Peach Streusel Bread by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pumpkin Molasses Tea Bread by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chipotle by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Vegan Spiced Apple Crumb Muffins by Debra from Eliot's Eats