It is best to use a light-colored metal, 9-inch (22cm) springform pan for this recipe to prevent over-browning. This is a dense, moist cake that is best served warm with lashings of whipped cream, scoops of iced cream or custard. To make a quick & easy custard, leave ice cream to melt in the fridge until pouring consistency. I used a French vanilla ice cream for custard in this recipe.
3/4cupgranulated sugar(caster sugar or reg sugar)
1 1/2cupsself rising flour
1cupGreek-style plain full-fat yogurt
5ripe nectarines(ripe but not too soft)
1/4cuppeach or apricot jam, warmed
whipped cream, ice cream or custard, to serve
Grease & line a 9-inch (22cm) light-colored metal, springform pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
Beat butter, sugar & vanilla in a large bowl of an electric mixer until light & creamy, scraping down the side of the bowls one or twice during beating. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; scrape down the side of the bowl & beat again for another minute until fluffy.
Add yogurt & beat until combine. Stir in the flour.
Cut the cheeks* off 4 nectarines. Then cut each cheek into 3 wedges; set aside. Cut & dice the remaining flesh from those nectarines. Dice the one remaining nectarine – you will need 1 to 1 1/2 cups of diced nectarine. Add the diced nectarine to the cake batter; gently folding in until combined. Scrape mixture into the pan & smooth top. Arrange the nectarine wedges over the top of the cake & scatter the blackberries over the nectarines. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
Heat the jam in a small microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds until runny. Strain the jam into another small bowl; brush the strained jam over the top of cake. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature cake with cream, ice cream or custard Serves 8.
*to remove the 'cheeks' from the nectarines, find the center line of the nectarine & have it facing you then cut down each side of it, but avoiding the stone/pit. Some nectarines, like peaches, you can slip the stone from them.