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January 1 - 8, 1998

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Life's a peach

Peach's & Cream cake

Noshing & Sipping by Nancy Kalajian

When my aunt from Chicago described my late mom as "peaches and cream," I used to think of sweetness and kindness -- until I visited Peach's & Cream, an eight-year-old East Boston bakery, and tried the signature cake. Now I think of fragrance, ethereality, and sheer culinary delight. The shop's specialty -- two layers of vanilla cake sandwiching a whipped pastry-cream pudding with fresh strawberries and canned peaches, topped with fresh whipped cream -- costs from $15 to $75, depending on the size. A trifle, a less expensive version at $1.75, is sold in a cup and made with ladyfingers. Smaller cakes are readily available, but order at least 24 hours ahead for larger sizes.

Peach's & Cream, located at 69-73 Bennington Street, in East Boston, is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (617) 561-4725.

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