Shortcakes: Peaches & Cream

Classic Shortcakes for Customizable Flavours

About this recipe

  • soft inside and subtle crunchy/crumbly outside
  • biscuit-like but not super tall = shortcakes
  • floured working surface, circle cookie cutter or (jar lid) needed
  • plain shortcakes means you can top with peaches, strawberries, whatever you like!
  • buttermilk & unsalted butter needed!
  • whipping cream or clotted cream for topping!
  • super fun to make and assemble

What are Shortcakes?

Shortcakes are considered to be sweet biscuits that are not too tall, but are leaved with baking soda and baking powder. Often plain, these biscuits are paired with cream and fruit to complement their gentle sweetness. They are soft on the inside with a subtle crumbly outside. When compared to a scone they are less dense and more light and fluffy.

Often in shortcakes recipes there is the use of buttermilk; this is absolutely crucial! otherwise they will taste like baking soda. The acidity for buttermilk adds fat and helps the leavening advent to rise the cakes. It also cuts the flavour of baking powder and baking soda so be sure to not swap this ingredient.

How to fold the dough:

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins18-20 mins50 mins
Yields: 8 large shortcakes

Shortcakes: Peaches & cream

Ingredients:

biscuits:

  • 2 and 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
  • optional:
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream or buttermilk *for brushing
  • coarse sugar *for topping

cream:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Procedure:

Make the biscuits: 

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a rectangular baking sheet with parchment; set aside.

Mix the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, two forks, two knives or your fingers. Continue cutting in the butter until small, even, pea sized crumbs of butter appear.

Next, pour the cold buttermilk on-top of the butter mixing it in with a large wooden spoon or spatula. mix until it comes together into a ball. It will be wet and crumbly and that is okay!

on a slightly floured work surface, use you hands to shape the ball into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Fold both shorter sides of the dough inward like an eveleope, then turn 180 degrees and reapt by pressing the doough into a rectangle 1/2 thick again. Repat the process by folding the shorter sides inward and then turing the evelope 180 degrees. Once this is done twice flatten into a rectangle again 1/2 thick and cut out circle shortcakes with a cokie cutter or jat lid.

Place the shortcakes evenly apart on the baking sheet and brush iwth buttermilk before baking.

Bake the cakes for about 18-2o minutes. let cool completely before assembling with cream adn fruit.

While in the oven, make the whipping cream. with an electric mixer or by whisk add all the ingredietns for the cream and whisk or beat until stiff peaks appear. THis will be about 4 mins on high speed or 5-7 mins by hand.

assemble the cakes as you like and have fun!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Peach & Almond Galette

Sweet, soft peaches on crisp pastry topped with glaze and almond slivers!
About this Galette:
  • soft peaches (canned or fresh)
  • buttery crisp crust similar to pizza with crisp crust *only sweeter than pizza!*
  • simple icing sugar and peach juice/syrup glaze
  • topped with silvered almonds before baking
Tips / Tricks for success:
  • Prepare the dough then leave it in the freezer before rolling out *this ensures the butter is nicely chilled
  • Roll the dough quite thin, especially in the centre of the rectangle, to ensure it cooks all the way through
  • Do not worry about the moisture from the peaches during baking; rolling the dough thin enough will ensure it is crisp and not soggy
  • Cook on high heat 400 degrees F to achieve that crunchy crust!
  • Roll out the dough, then place it on your lined baking sheet before adding the peaches and almonds. If you try to transfer the already peach topped dough to a baking sheet, it will lose it’s thin shape you just rolled out.
  • If you’re using canned peaches save the liquid! it can be used for the glaze!
Almonds before baking for toasted slivers
The Recipe:

Peach Galette with Slivered Almonds

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
25 mins35-40 mins~1 hr 10 mins
One medium rectangle ~9×13 inch

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cold water
  • 4 medium peaches or 1 large can (6.6LB/106 oz/3kg)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup silvered almonds
  • *egg or milk for egg wash

Procedure:

In a medium mixing bowl sift the flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Whisk the three together and set aside. Next, add the unsalted butter and cut in-to flour mixture with a pastry blender, a couple of butter knives, or two forks. The butter should be pea sized chunks.

In order to make the dough into a ball, pour the cold cold! water into the mixture gradually. The entire 1/2 cup may not be necessary! only add the water until a ball forms.

lightly flour a flat working surface and make the dough into a rectangle with your hands. (No rolling pin yet) wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until oven is ready.

Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F (204 C) and keep the dough in the freezer while waiting. Prepare your baking sheet with parchment.

Now the peaches. Slice the peaches into even quarters about 1/2 inch thick or use the canned ones!

Once the oven is ready, on your floured surface, roll out the dough quite thin into a large rectangle and transfer to your baking sheet.

Now, add the peaches in an arrangement as you desire and roll up the sides to create a wall around the peaches. Lastly top with slivered almonds.

Bake for 35-40 mins on the middle rack or until crisp bottom with cooked peaches appears.

Optional Glaze:

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar and either 1 teaspoon of the syrup from the canned peaches or water. If you’re using fresh peaches a syrup can be achieved by boiling for a couple minutes and using the liquid as the liquid component of the glaze!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking