Peach Shortcakes

That is a pile of fun

That is a pile of fun

This right here is why we don’t often have dessert in our household. It tastes too good, goes too fast and leaves us in a sugar stupor. But summer is long and peach season is all too short…

Peach Shortcakes


  • 4 cups peaches, skinned and sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp of the peach syrup

For peaches, mix three cups of peaches with basil, sugar and vinegar in a three-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer over low heat until thick. This will take a good while, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat. Once cool scoop out a tablespoon of the peach syrup for the whipped cream. Then fold in the remaining fresh peaches. For shortcakes, preheat oven to 400 and grease baking sheet. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter, using a fork or pastry blender cut the butter into the dry mix until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in milk and cream until a soft dough is formed. Don’t overdo it. Drop dough in 12 equal portions onto the baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Cool on rack. For whipped cream, beat sugar and cream with mixer until soft peaks form. To assemble, top each shortcake with a scoop of peaches and a spoonful of whipped cream. Cover the top with another shortcake, depending on how many you’re serving and how hungry they are. Spoon peaches over the top and finish with another scoop of whipped cream.


About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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14 Responses to Peach Shortcakes

  1. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    Just this week I bought my first peaches of the season from the farmers market. Now you’ve given me something tasty to do with them. 🙂

  3. niasunset says:

    How possible not to eat this one dear Rufus, seems soooooo delicious 🙂 Thank you, have a nice summer days, love, nia

  4. Caroline says:

    Oh YUMMMM! I need to hop on the peach train and get baking!

  5. sallybr says:

    Oh, wow… that is decadent! We rarely make desserts, but it’s a good thing we have a big department to share our goodies with… I love to make sweets but don’t care that much about eating them. Give me sourdough bread anytime, though… 😉

  6. Oh my goodness , all I need is a spoon. Great little dessert!!!

  7. Raymund says:

    I so love this, the perfect dessert for me

  8. Gerlinde says:

    Adding a little juice of whatever you make to the whipped cream is brilliant. You can always learn something when you look at blogs. Thanks.

  9. Michelle says:

    Nice. If I can just wrest a few peaches away from Steve…

  10. Yes, peach season is far too short! I’ll either have to buy a double bag at the farmers market this weekend or get to making dessert with them before they disappear, they go so fast when they are in peak season. Peach shortcakes it is. 🙂

  11. Fantastic idea…basil and balsamic with the peach mixture. Pinning this one to try, thanks!

  12. Pingback: Keen on Peaches | Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

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