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SOUTHERN DESSERTS Finalist. You can find coarse sugar at specialty baking shops.

Clifton Holt, Birmingham, Alabama
Recipe by Southern Living January 2006

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prep:
30 mins
chill:
1 hr
bake:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Yield:
Makes 9 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sift together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Chill 1 hour.

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  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • Stir together egg yolk and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush mixture onto shortcake tops, and sprinkle evenly with coarse sugar.

  • Bake at 425° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove baking sheet to wire racks to cool.

  • Stir together peaches, blueberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and ground nutmeg; cover and chill.

  • 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.

  • 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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