Easy Summer Fruit Cake
4 apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines – ripe but not too soft
½ cup brown sugar – tightly packed
½ cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder – sifted
Preheat oven to 350f / 180c.
Oil a 9” / 22 cm tarte pan using a little butter and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
Beat the egg and sugar in the mixer for 8 minutes.
Slice the fruit into 6-8 pieces, depending on its size. Taste, if the fruit are a bit sour, sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of sugar on top.
When the egg-sugar mix is light and fluffy turn down the mixer speed and add: oil, milk, orange peel and vanilla extract. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until batter is even.
Transfer to a pan and smooth the batter out. Arrange the fruit pieces nicely on top, pressing them lightly into the batter.
Sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Or not.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until the cake is browned and a knife tip comes out clean.
To make it easier to remove, release the edges while still hot and wait until cool to remove the rest.