Southern Peach-and-Blueberry Shortcakes
SOUTHERN DESSERTS Finalist. You can find coarse sugar at specialty baking shops.
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Chill: 1 Hour
Bake: 15 Minutes
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- no-stick cooking spray
- 7 tablespoons cold shortening
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 2 cups cold buttermilk
- All-purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- Coarse sugar
- 4 cups sliced fresh peaches
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 3 tablespoons almond liqueur (optional)
- Garnishes: confectioners sugar, coarsely chopped toasted pecans, fresh mint sprigs
- 1. Sift together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Chill 1 hour.
- 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
- 3. Cut shortening and butter into cold flour mixture with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Add 2 cups cold buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Dough will be light and crumbly.)
- 4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Pat dough into a 1-inch-thick circle, and cut with a floured 3-inch round cutter. Place shortcakes 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Repeat procedure once with remaining scraps of dough.
- 5. Stir together egg yolk and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush mixture onto shortcake tops, and sprinkle evenly with coarse sugar.
- 6. Bake at 425° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove baking sheet to wire racks to cool.
- 7. Stir together peaches, blueberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and ground nutmeg; cover and chill.
- 8. Beat 1 cup whipping cream and 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Stir in 3 tablespoons almond liqueur, if desired.
- 9. Split shortcakes in half. Spoon fruit mixture on bottom halves of shortcakes; top with remaining halves and a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish, if desired.
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