Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peach Shortcake with Honeyed Whipped Cream


Very little in this world tastes better than a perfectly ripe peach. Their season is so short that I always end up getting overexcited and buying them by the bushel-full during the few weeks they are in their prime. Beautiful soft fuzzy skin; lusciously juicy & sweet inside... eating a peach is a little sinful in a way!

My recipe for Peach Shortcake with Honeyed Whipped Cream was inspired by the flavors and textures that come with the summer season: Sweet peaches, fragrant local honey, and farm fresh cream. I wanted something that would look & taste like a warm August afternoon - a perfect day with golden sunshine and gentle breezes, the kind that you want to go on forever.

Indulge yourself with this Peach Shortcake with Honeyed Whipped Cream before the summer season is gone... it deserves to be savored, one bite at a time!

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Peach Shortcake with Honeyed Whipped Cream
serves 6


For the Peaches

4-5 large fresh peaches
1-2 tablespoons sugar (depending on the ripeness/sweetness of the fruit)

For the Shortcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup salted butter, cold & cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk

for glaze

1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon half & half

For the Honey Whipped Cream

1 pint heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons local honey + more for garnish
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Garnish with warm honey and toasted slivered almonds (optional)*


For the Peaches

Bring a wide and deep pot of water to a boil. If a large pot isn't available, work in batches. Set up a large bowl with water & ice for an ice bath.

Wash and dry your peaches. Using a small paring knife, make a shallow "X" on the bottom of each peach. Once your water has come to a boil, drop in the peaches so they are completely submerged, and boil for 45 seconds. Work in smaller batches if needed.



Once you have finished boiling the peaches, transfer them with a large spoon to the ice bath to cool for a minute or two. Then, using a wad of paper towels, gently wipe/scrub the skins from the peaches. Be very gentle!


After peeling, cut and pit the peaches. Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices and add to a large mixing bowl. Add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar (to taste) and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.




For the Shortcakes


Preheat your oven to 450F. In a large bowl, mix the flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter (you can do this in a food processor as well, but I prefer by hand). Keep "cutting" the butter into the flour until the whole mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl, lightly beat the whole egg and add the milk and vanilla extract to the bowl. Stir.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture all at once and stir until everything is moistened. This is tricky, but you don't want to over mix (tough shortcakes), but do your best. There will be some flour pockets left.


Dump the dough out onto a well floured surface and kneed for 10-12 pushes. Just enough to bring it together. Shape and then flatten the dough using the palms of your hands to about 1/2-3/4 inch thick circle.

Using a lightly floured biscuit cutter or 3 inch across drinking glass, cut out several circles and transfer to a lined baking tray. You want to have 6-7 rounds. After the first cut, gently bring the dough together and flatten again, to cut batch #2.


Once the shortcakes have been cut and transferred to the baking sheet, take a small bowl and whisk together the egg yolk and half & half. Brush the tops of the shortcakes with the glaze.



Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until perfectly golden.


Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the Honey Whipped Cream

About 15 minutes before serving, gently warm 3 tablespoons of honey. Reserve another 1/4 cup of honey at room temperature.

Take your already chilled mixing bowl and pour the whipping cream in. Beat with a stand mixer or hand mixer on medium speed, just until it starts to thicken. Then, add the vanilla extract and room temperature honey, and continue to beat on medium speed until thickened and creamy. Do not over beat!



To Assemble

Slice the shortcakes in half. Place the bottom portion on your plate and spoon a generous amount of sliced peaches & their juices on top. Add a hefty dollop of honeyed whipped cream, and place the top portion of the cake on top. Add one more spoonful of peaches and whipped cream to the upper cake. Sprinkle the toasted almond slivers (optional) and drizzle the warmed honey over the shortcake and a bit on the plate.



Serve immediately & enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. These shortcakes are beautiful! Homemade shortcakes are on my to do list, and I may have just gotten inspiration for a flavor of it! Great step by step photos :)

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    1. Thank you! Always nice to hear from another New Englander (and awesome blogger!). Shortcakes are a personal "thing" for me, & I've been eating them since I was a kid. These little guys are perfect on their own or with any stone-fruit/berries. Plus, I'm a step by step picture type-A cook. Because sometimes, descriptions aren't enough!

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  2. I love every part of this! The shortcakes look beautiful and honeyed whipped cream sounds perfect. Love peach season :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I adore your blog, so I'm blushing at the compliment!

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  3. These are just beautiful - I love how sharp your shots are! What lens do you use?

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    1. Thank you so much! I usually use a canon 6D with a 50mm f1.4 lens. It is a bit soft wide open (sometimes a useful effect), but at f2.8 or better it is pretty darn sharp! I see you use canon as well (you have absolutely beautiful pictures & recipes, by the way!). I'm just a few months into blogging, but I think one of my next purchases will be the 100mm 2.8L macro lens. That thing is amazing.

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  4. i have never tried peach shortcakes before.. looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much! The combination of the flaky shortbread, cream, and peaches was amazing & the honey was great for bringing out the natural sweetness in the fruit & cream. I'm going to keep this one on hand until peach season is over!

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