Fresh Peach Shortcake

Baked Layers for Peach Shortcake
Layers for Peach Shortcake. Diana Rattray
  • 32 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 12 Servings
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This layered peach shortcake looks beautiful and tastes fantastic. Fresh peaches are the best when they're in season, but you can also make this dessert at any time of the year with frozen peaches. You can also use canned peaches if you omit the granulated sugar, or you can try using apple filling, rhubarb, or strawberries. However you decide to make it, this dessert is sure to become a favorite with your family. 

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (13 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 6 ounces butter (about 3/4 cup, softened)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Optional: 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar
  • 8 to 10 medium peaches (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (to sweeten the peaches)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or about 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

How to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in brown sugar, breaking up large lumps. With a pastry blender or hands, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in chopped pecans.
  2. In a cup or small bowl, whisk the egg with the milk. Add the milk and egg mixture to first mixture; stir with a fork until blended. 
  3. Turn two 8 or 9-inch  round cake pans upside-down and grease bottoms. Lightly dust with flour.
  1. Spread half the dough on each bottom to within about 1/2-inch of edge.
  2. Sprinkle the dough lightly with a cinnamon sugar mixture, if desired.
  3. Bake at 425 F for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool.
  4. Peel, slice and sweeten peaches with about 1 1/2 cups sugar or to taste. In a small bowl, whip cream with the vanilla or almond extract until stiff.
  5. Carefully place one shortcake on a plate, top with about half of the peaches and whipped cream. Top with second shortcake and remaining peaches and whipped cream.