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Peach Shortcakes with Whipped Cream

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These Peach Shortcakes recipe is the summer sister to my strawberry shortcakes. Juicy ripe peaches are paired with buttery shortcakes and perfectly whipped cream. If you’ve never had a peach shortcake, you’re in for a treat.

Peach Shortcakes on a cutting board with whipped cream. Peach Shortcakes on a cutting board with whipped cream.

Summer and fall are my favorite seasons. There is nothing better than a gorgeous juicy yellow peach. I love them in my easy Peach Cobbler. I love them on a piece of toast (see my Whipped Goat Cheese with Peaches). And I even love them in a sauce for Oven Ribs. So GOOD!

Ingredients for Peach Shortcakes

Peaches on a cutting board. Peaches on a cutting board.
  1. Peaches. I like ripe juicy yellow peaches for this recipe.
  2. All-purpose flour. This is for the delicious biscuits.
  3. Buttermilk. This is a non-negotiable when it comes to biscuits.
  4. Butter. We need that fat to be folded into the flour for those delicious buttery pockets.
  5. Vanilla extract. This complements the peaches so well. You can use store-bought or make your own using my homemade vanilla extract recipe.

For the rest of the ingredients, please see the recipe card below!

Butter being mixed into flour. Butter being mixed into flour.

How to Make Peach Shortcakes:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients. Toss the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Add the shortening and butter. Use your hands to pinch the flour into the shortening until evenly mixed together. Use a box grater to grate the butter right into the bowl and use your hands to toss it all together then use the tips of your fingers to just work the butter into the flour.
  3. Add buttermilk. Use your hands to mix the buttermilk into the mixture, it will be sticky but that’s fine. That’s what gives us not dry biscuits.
  4. Fold. Pat out the dough and fold it several times, sprinkling with flour each time. This helps the biscuits not sticky anymore and will give us super flaky biscuits.
  5.  Cut them out! Use a floured biscuit cutter and cut straight down, going through all the dough and re-rolling the scraps only once.
  6. Chill. Refrigerate the biscuits for 15 minutes, this will help them hold their shapes and be that much flakier.
  7. Bake! Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar and flaky salt and bake until they’re golden brown.
  8. Make the filling. Carefully toss all the filling ingredients together and set aside to marry.
  9. Assemble! While the filling get’s more flavorful carefully cut the biscuits in half and whip the cream. Place a few of the peach slices on the bottom of each biscuit then top withwhipped cream and the other half of the biscuit.
Biscuits on a cutting board. Biscuits on a cutting board.

How to Tell if a Peach is Ripe

To make an easy peach short cake even easier you need to start with good peaches. The goal is to have a fruit that’s super fragrant and firm with just a little give. If the peach is too ripe it will be hard to slice clean and nice for presenting. If you’re at a farmers market the other thing you can do is ask the farmstands which peaches are clingstone and which are freestone. Freestone peaches come away from the pit perfectly which is what you want for preparing peaches for shortcakes.

Biscuits about to be sliced. Biscuits about to be sliced.

How to Make Peach Shortcakes

  • Bake off. Bake the biscuits, let them cool and pack them up.
  • Prep the filling but don’t mix. In a glass tupperware (with a lid), add the lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, salt and sugar to the bottom. Place the sliced peaches on top. I didn’t mix it because once you do that, it’ll begin to macerate and get all juicy. I didn’t want them to be like canned peaches (like super soft and gross) so I figured I’d do that about 15 minutes before we were gonna have dessert.
  • Workout with a whisk. Bring the heavy cream and whip it by hand. Super easy!
Peach Shortcakes assembled with peaches and whipped cream. Peach Shortcakes assembled with peaches and whipped cream.

Recipe Tip

  • Look for freestone varieties of peaches, they’ll separate from the pit much much easier and make for prettier slices on the shortcakes.
  • These shortcakes work well for strawberry shortcake too. Just swap out the peaches for slices strawberries.
  • Try other stone fruits when they’re in season! Plums and apricots would also be great in place of the peaches if they’re ripe.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this without shortening?

Absolutely, just replace that amount with two tablespoons of butter. You’ll need 14 tablespoons of unsalted butter for this recipe.

Can I freeze these biscuits?

Yep! You can make the dough, cut them out. And then place them on a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer (unbaked) for 30 minutes. This will “flash freeze them”. You can them place them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to three months. Bake them from frozen and add a few more minutes onto the baking time.

Peach Shortcakes assembled with peaches and whipped cream. Peach Shortcakes assembled with peaches and whipped cream.

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To Make the Dough with a Food Processor:

  • Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse a few times, until well mixed. Add the shortening and pulse until fine crumbs form. Switch to the grating disk attachment. With the machine running, push the frozen butter through the feed tube. 

  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and toss to make sure all the butter shreds are coated with the floury crumbs. Add the buttermilk and fold in using a rubber spatula, running the flat of it through the center of the mixture and then around the edge while you rotate the bowl. Keep at it, being as gentle as possible, until the dry ingredients are evenly hoisted.

To Make the Dough by Hand:

  • Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl with an open hand, using your fingers as a whisk. Add the shortening and use your fingertips to pinch it completely into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

  • Using a box grater, grate the frozen butter on the large holes into the flour. Toss until all the pieces are coated. Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture. Using your hand as a spatula, gently mix until there are no dry bits of flour left. The dough will be sticky. 

  • Lightly coat your work surface with nonstick cooking spray, then flour. (The spray keeps the flour in place.) 

  • Turn the dough out onto the prepared surface and gently pat into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Sprinkle the dough with flour, then fold it in thirds like a letter. Repeat the patting, sprinkling, and folding twice, rotating the dough 90 degrees each time. Pat the dough to 3/4-inch thickness. It should no longer be sticky. 

  • Flour a 3-inch-round biscuit cutter and press it straight down into the dough. Transfer the round to the prepared pan, placing the bottom side up. Repeat, cutting the rounds as close together as possible and spacing them 1-inch apart on the pan. Stack the scraps, pat to 3/4-inch thickness, and cut again. Refrigerate the rounds until cold, at least 15 minutes. 

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 

  • Bake until the tops are golden brown and crisp, about 16 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on the pan before serving hot. 

To Make Ahead:

  • You can let the biscuits cool completely, then freeze them for up to 2 months. To serve, thaw them and then bake in a 350 degrees F oven until toasted and warm. 

To Make the Filling:

  • To a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, lemon juice, zest, vanilla paste or extract and a pinch of salt. Add the sliced peaches and toss until evenly coated. Allow to sit to macerate (i.e., marinate) for about 10 to 15 minutes. 

  • Beat the heavy cream with the powdered sugar either by hand or using an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. 

Serving: 8g | Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1349IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

*This blog post was originally published on August 6th, 2019. It has since been reposted and updated with new copy.


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