Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ala Mode Tablescape and Teeny's Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake

One of my favorite dinnerware patterns from Oneida is the
A LA MODE pattern. There are four patterns which include apples, pears, pomegranate and peaches.

My inspiration for this table was the Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake from Michael Lee West's new book "Gone With a Handsomer Man". The book is full of characters, and I honestly could not put it down.

Our Foodie Friday host, and author Michael Lee West, asked for volunteers to bake and photograph a few recipes that are mentioned in Gone With a Handsomer Man.  Teeny Templeton, the fictional heroine in the book, loved Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake.

While I was reading "Gone With a Handsomer Man", the power went out. I finished reading the book by candle light!  I am pairing the peach coffee cake with the "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia!  We all know the sweetest peaches are grown in Georgia ;o)

You can enter MLW's contest to win some wonderful prizes. This is imaginery cooking with no calories!

Michael Lee West emailed me the recipe so I could post it.  By the way, Teeny Templeton got into big trouble for throwing peaches. Actually, she was arrested.  This is a wonderful dessert, and I hope you will try it. I could have eaten three pieces!

Teeny’s Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake
Yield: 8 servings

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
½ cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose white flour
1 cup sugar (white, granulated)
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla

Beat eggs. Add milk and oil. Whisk. Add vanilla and sour cream. Next, add dry ingredients. Mix. Pour into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan or well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

Prepare topping:

3 cups ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup chopped pecans
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour

Mix ingredients and spoon over batter. Bake 30 minutes.

My notes:  I sprinkled some dried lavender blossoms on top of the cake while it was baking, and it amplified the floral flavor of the fruit.

I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for  Tablescape Thursday and Michael Lee West for Foodie Friday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. That is such a delightful and charming table!
    I really love the plates and the recipe too!
    Happy Easter,

  2. Love the table - need to get out my ala mode dishes!! Recipe looks delicious and you paired it so well with the table.

  3. Beautiful table...coloring of the plates is gorgeous.
    The coffee cake looks delicious...it is something we would really enjoy. Thanks for the recipe.
    Happy Easter to you and Joe!

  4. Beautiful table, Debbie! The book sounds like a great read.

  5. Love the plates! The cake looks delicious! I couldn't find fresh peaches.

  6. I forgot to tell you...love your header photo!

  7. I am going to get that book today!

  8. I'll never think of a peach in the same way again :-) Beautiful table and the recipe sounds delicious!

  9. What a great table and those dishes, that I have never seen before are so wonderful. The cake looks to die for and so tall. I made a version of your Lemon Brownies and of course, loved them. Joni

  10. Wow! I am so glad you are my thumbnail neighbor! I WILL make this cake. It looks wonderful! Also, I keep seeing people talking about this book so I think I will download it tonight! Love the napkins and the header too! What a treat to come to your blog!

  11. Those plates are fantastic, I especially like the pomegranate one as it is something you don't see often. That coffee cake looks super-delish and goes so well with the plates!


  12. Hi lovely lady. I love your Beautiful Tablescape and your lovely plates. Now for the cake O looks so Good ~~~I need to make this one..
    I miss your lovely comments on my Blog. I hope you have a Happy Easter with your family.

  13. Great plates and I wish I had a piece of that cake right now! Happy Easter:@)

  14. Pig, I can trade you a piece of cake for one of your peach martinis!

  15. Beautiful post and that cake is to die for! Cannot wait until peaches come into season, I love them. Sending Easter wishes...

  16. what a beautiful table. Love those plates and chargers. I just saw those today at pier one...so pretty! That cake looks heavenly!

  17. Sounds and looks fantastic and that peach plate is my favorite of them all. What a beautiful set. Yum, that would be nice for Easter morning wouldn't it.

  18. Oh my, that coffee cake looks sweet and delicious.

  19. What a beautiful presentation! LOVE your plates!!

    I made the same recipe for ML but yours looks much prettier!!

    Happy Easter!

  20. Yumm...sounds delish.

    - The Tablescaper

  21. Your table settings are gorgeous! I love the peach coffee cake recipe. I will try it soon!


  22. I love this post! From the dishes to the peach coffee cake, this is a beautiful post! I'll have to let Teeny buy some of these dishes for book 3. . The ala mode is the perfect touch. (I'm Tweeting about you!) XX00

  23. Your plates are beautiful and that cake looks delish. I'd like it with a scoop of ice cream too :-)

  24. The table is lovely, and I'd love to have a pie of the cake! I laughed about the candle light, I had a flash light reading in bed. lol

  25. Just beautiful.....

    And the recipe sounds so...good!

  26. Hi Debbie...Thanks for the BRIT INFO!!! I get my cut flowers from Chester's. Their flowers are so fresh and I usually order what I am planning to use then arrange them myself. The prices are pretty good considering it is a florist, but they last forever!! And they have a great variety.

    Are you getting excited about the wedding?? I can't wait!!!

    Thanks for stopping! Enjoy the festivities


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