These Fresh Peach Shortcakes are the perfect summer dessert, with juicy ripe peaches, fluffy whipped cream, and homemade buttermilk biscuits that will have your house smelling amazing!
Is it just me or does it seem totally crazy that it’s back-to-school time already? I really can’t believe it’s August. It seems like every year goes by faster and faster. I kinda hate it! With fall right around the corner, we’ll soon be jumping on the pumpkin, spice and apple bandwagons. But let’s not get there too soon. Let’s enjoy the fruits of summer for just a little bit longer.
Like peaches. Peaches are kind of like tomatoes. The year-round store-bought ones are not so great. Hard, tasteless. But in-season, local peaches picked that morning? One of the best things ever! We have an amazing fruit stand that sells all kinds of stone fruits. They’re ripened on the tree and picked the morning you go to buy them. And they’re some of the best peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots that I’ve ever tasted.
I got some amazing white peaches the other day and wanted to make dessert with them. I thought about a cobbler or crisp, but the peaches were so perfectly ripe and fresh that I didn’t want to cook them. So I decided to do a peachy twist on strawberry shortcake!
- 12 medium ripe peaches, sliced
- ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar, divided
- ⅓ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place sliced peaches in a bowl, sprinkle 2 tbsp sugar over them and toss to coat. Set aside.
- In a food processor, combine butter, ⅓ cup sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
- Pour flour mix into a bowl and stir in buttermilk until just combined.
- Dump dough out onto a floured surface and knead a few times until dough comes together. Pat out the dough to ½-inch thickness.
- Cut dough into 12 even pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush each with egg yolk and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until tops are golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.
- To make the whipped cream, combine whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- To serve, top each shortcake with peaches and whipped cream!
The biscuit recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker. This recipe makes 12 servings, so it’s great for a crowd, or you can freeze half the biscuits to use for late. Just reheat them in the toaster oven!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy summer produce?
Annie @Maebells says
You know, I haven’t had a really good peach all Summer! They have all been really tart here. I think I need to make it my mission to find a good bunch of peaches so I can make these delicious shortcakes before summer is over!
Oh man!! I hope you find some! Definitely one of the best fruits of summer. 🙂
I was just thinking that I needed to eat more peaches before summer was over! Those little shortcakes look so good! I usually can only find hard peaches and then they are way too soft once I finally get around to eating them. I need to get my peach timing down better so I can enjoy them before they are all gone!
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
These peach shortcakes look fantastic! You are so right, peaches can be really bad out of season but so perfect in season. Yum!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I think this might just be my favorite shortcake recipe ever, Jess! I can never resist anything with peaches and I was just thinking the other day that I should make a blueberry version instead of strawberry. But this peach one definitely knocks that idea away. Love how full of flavor this is!
Thanks, Gayle!! I’m not ready to let go of the summer fruits just yet! 🙂
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I can’t believe it’s back to school already too! I still haven’t had enough peaches this summer yet! Love these shortcakes! They look fantastic!
Lemonade Wise says
Over the last few weeks in the UK our supermarkets have had an abundance of flat peaches (donut peaches) and these are lovely! Presumably you could use the shortcake recipe with a variety of fruits…
You definitely could use those! I love the little donut peaches, they’re so cute!
I love peaches, they are the perfect summer food! The shortcakes look so yummy, like the perfect way to enjoy some fresh peaches. And boo to fall, we are still in the dog days of summer, school starts too early!!
Shortcakes shouldn’t be just for strawberries — I love the sound of peach shortcakes! These look delicious, Jess! 🙂
Thanks, Marcie! I agree! Shortcakes are great with any fruit!
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I am so with you…where did the time go? And I can’t stand how people are already posting pumpkin stuff…although I am secretly dreaming of my kitchen smelling like cinnamon…but these shortcakes! They look so good and such a great way to enjoy peaches! They look delicious!
Thanks, Denise! I *might* have put on a pumpkin spice candle today… it felt a little wrong when it’s 108 degrees today but I still kinda liked it. 😛
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
What beautiful shortcakes.. these look so homely and delicious. LOVE anything with peaches too.
Coley @ Coley Cooks says
Gah! These look incredible! I’m sucker for anything peach, and I think I might just whip these up for a bbq tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!