Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther
4 cups sliced peeled peaches (about 3 pounds)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup small basil leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
9 ounces cake flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons fat-free milk
1/4 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
How to Make It
To prepare topping, combine peaches, 1/3 cup sugar, basil, and juice in a bowl; let stand 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare shortcake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 7 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk with a fork just until combined (do not overmix). Spoon the dough into a 9-inch round metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Gently brush the dough with milk. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and almonds.
Bake at 400° for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove shortcake from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
Cut shortcake into 12 wedges. Top each with 1/3 cup peach mixture and 1 tablespoon yogurt.
My 14 year old daughter and I LOVED this! Our cake was a little dry but otherwise a delicious combination of flavors. My husband thought it was OK but I think it was just a little to unique for him! I recommend and will make again!
Fantastic recipe! My husband asked for just a bite and ended up having a full serving. Mom suggested using vanilla yogurt instead of plain. Will definitely be having this again before summer's peach harvest is over.
I love the peach-basil combo and this is the best shortcake I've ever made. Will be my go-to recipe for strawberry shortcake, too. I was low on cake flour so subbed 2 oz. whole wheat pastry flour - didn't hurt a thing and made it even healthier.