Monday, March 22

Peach Shortcakes with Whipped Cream and Peachy Strawberries

I made these delightful shortcakes with Oregon Grower's & Shippers Peach Preserves, whom I happen to work for! I love creating recipes that include our amazing jams & fruit spreads! For this recipe I altered the ingredients a bit for the shortcakes and added spoonfuls of our Northwest Peach Preserves and paired and served with fresh whipped cream and strawberries, which I coated with more Peach Preserves instead of sugar (couldn't help myself!). I shared this tasty dessert with some great friends and of course along with some wine and delicious cheeses. My good friend Molly said it was her second favorite dessert I have made...ever. Just sayin'!

Makes 6 to 8 shortcakes

2 ¼ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 stick of cold butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup chilled heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup Oregon Growers Peach Preserves, plus more for to coat strawberries
Pinch of salt

Fresh local strawberries, cleaned and hulled
Fresh whipped cream

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the cut pieces of the cold butter, and give it a toss. Working quickly using your finger tips, rub the butter until it breaks down into small pieces, your dough look like pebbly, pea sized pieces.

Whisk the peach preserves and vanilla into the cream until combined. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients, turn the ingredients with a fork until you have a very soft dough. With your hands kneed the dough a couple times just until everything is combined, it will look a little loose and sticky but that’s ok!

On a prepared baking sheet lines with wax or parchment paper (also a light coat of non stick baking spray) form about 1/3 cup of batter into mounds, about 1 inch high. Bake for around 14-16 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees, rotating your pan half way through. They should be slightly golden and but still soft to the touch. Remove and transfer to a cooling rack.

Slice hulled strawberries in quarters, place in a bowl and add a big spoonful of Oregon Growers Peach Preserves. Toss lightly to coat, and let stand for at least a few minutes before serving. Refrigerate until time to prepare.
Slice your shortcake in half horizontally, add a couple spoonfuls of strawberries and their juices as well as a heaping dollop of fresh whipped cream! Shortcakes are best served warm or soon after coming out of the oven. Enjoy!

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