I came up with this recipe for Spiced Peach Shortcakes after picking fresh peaches at the orchard last week. It happened to be Colin and my anniversary so on my way home I started thinking about what I could make with the peaches for dessert that night and these little shortcakes began to develop in my mind. I was so happy to see Colin and the boys enjoying them later that night. Imagine delicious and tender little shortcakes with a hint of sweet and flavorful spice.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon molasses
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine flour, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a food processor and pulse until blended and butter pieces are roughly the size of small peas or peppercorns. (You can also cut the ingredients all together in a large bowl using forks or a handheld pastry blender). Make sure to take care to not over mix.
Combine the milk, egg, and molasses together in a small bowl or measuring cup and gently stir until the egg is slightly mixed in. Pour liquid mixture into the flour mixture and gently toss with a fork until it all begins to come together. Give the mixture a few flips and squeezes with your hands until it's all held together and turn out onto a floured surface. (Again, take care to not over mix the dough). Dust top with more flour and press into a 3/4 inch thick circle. Using a biscuit cutter, press out your shortcakes and place them on a parchment lined (or lightly oiled) baking sheet. (This recipe makes about 9 shortcakes). Bake for 8-10 minutes, just until center begins to feel slightly firm to the touch on the top center of the shortcakes, and the bottoms are browned.
Spiced Whipped Cream:
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or more or less to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Granulated sugar to taste
While the shortcakes are baking, prepare your whipped cream. For 9 shortcakes, I like to make about 2 cups of whipped cream. To prepare your whipped cream, pour whipping cream into a large bowl. Add Cinnamon and nutmeg and whip until the cream just begins to thicken. At this point, while the beater is still running, drizzle in the honey. (I like to use 1 teaspoon of honey per cup of whipping cream). After honey is whipped in, slowly pour in the sugar and beat until the cream is fully whipped.
After the shortcakes have cooled to just slightly warm, or room temperature, you are ready to serve! Cut cakes in half, top with whipped cream and freshly sliced peaches and dust with a tiny bit of nutmeg, if desired.
For an extra little finishing touch, dust with a bit of ground nutmeg:
The shortcakes will look sort of dry and crumbly but they are the perfect texture and are actually quite tender, light, and delicious and hold up really well for several days if stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
I add honey to my whipped cream because it stabilizes the cream, and it won't separate. (This is really great if you're storing your extra whipped cream for any period of time!)
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