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Fresh Peach Shortcake

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Fresh peaches top a delicious shortcake.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 8 to 10 medium peaches, about 2 pounds peaches
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

Preparation:

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. Stir in brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in chopped pecans. In a cup or small bowl, whisk egg with milk. Add milk and egg mixture to dry mixture; stir with a fork until blended. Turn two round cake pans upside-down and grease bottoms. Spread half the dough on each bottom to within about 1/2-inch of edge. Bake at 450° for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Peel, slice and sweeten peaches with about 1 1/2 cups sugar or to taste. In a small bowl, whip cream with flavoring until stiff. 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.

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