peaches and strawberry shortcake
August 7, 2013 § 52 Comments
Juicy tree ripen peaches are showing up at the markets right now! I just purchased my first bunch and every one of them were ripe, sweet, juicy and ready to eat. We have a market here in Seattle featuring the most delicious organic peaches from both Washington and California State. They put together a website with valuable peach information as well as some nice recipes too. If you love peaches as much as I do take a look here. It is very uplifting to walk through the door of this market and not only see…but smell the peaches during Peach-O-Rama!
Peaches and cream or strawberry shortcake? Here I combined both for a fresh summer treat. These rustic cakes are very moist and not too sweet. And I added honey to sweeten up the fruit just a little. For us this is a bit heavy following a sit down dinner. Occasionally we have had this as a mid day treat, instead of lunch.
I n g r e d i e n t s
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 pint strawberries, cleaned and halved
- 3 plump juicy peaches, diced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
s h o r t c a k e
Heat oven to 400° F. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter. Using your fingers blend until crumbly. Add the milk and stir until just combined (do not over mix)
Drop 6 large mounds of the dough 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
f r u i t
Combine strawberries, peaches and honey in a bowl and mix well breaking up slightly to create a little juice.
w h i p p e d c r e a m
In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form.
Assemble cakes as desired making sure to give each a generous amount of whipped cream.