Peach Shortcakes

When you hear the word shortcake, you immediately think strawberry, right?

Get over it! Peach shortcakes are the way to go! I mean...strawberry shortcakes are absolutely delightful but PEACH shortcakes are so unexpected. When you're baking to impress, unexpected is the way to go!

This is the dessert I made for Father's Day yesterday and for the 5-10 minutes it took for my family to eat this dessert, I heard nothing but silence. Silence is a good sign. Silence means that everyone is too busy enjoying what they're eating to carry on a conversation.

If you're a person who likes quiet (ahem, ME), this is the dessert you make when all you want is 5-10 minutes of peace. The best part is that you're eating something good in that time. Buttery shortcakes are topped with orange spiked peaches, creamy ice cream and finished with little sprigs of MINT. Uh huh.

Silence is golden. So are peaches. Get on it.

And we're off!

This recipe has two parts. Flaky Butter Biscuits then Peach goodness!

Put the flour, baking powder & salt in a bowl. Work the butter in with the flour mixture.

You want it to look like small crumbs.

Add in the milk. You might not need it all. I didn't use all of mine.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface.

Make biscuits!

Bake biscuits!

Stack biscuits!

Blanch the peaches. Score the bottoms. Put them in boiling water for 2 minutes. Peel them!

Slice the peaches up. Mix them with Cointreau (optional) and orange juice. Let it sit for a bit.

When you're ready...split open each biscuit. Place the biscuit in a bowl. Top with ice cream...

ADD PEACHES! Look at how juicy they are. DANG.

Guess who got wind of me opening up a pint of ice cream???!

Peach shortcakes.

You know you want some.

Peach Shortcakes

makes 10-12 individual shortcakes

recipe slightly adapted from Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys

  • 1 recipe Flaky Buttery Biscuits (see below)
  • 1 pound fresh ripe peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau, optional
  • 1 pint best-quality vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • mint, for garnish

Follow the steps below to make the Flaky Buttery Biscuits.

While biscuits are baking, place the peaches or nectarines in a bowl with the orange juice and Cointreau, if using. Stir and let sit for a while, stirring occasionally.

If the biscuits aren't straight from the oven, heat them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Slice open each biscuit and place the bottom on a plate. Place 2 small scoops of the ice cream onto each biscuit. Top with a large spoonful of fruit. Drizzle over some juice and top the top of the biscuit. Sprinkle with chopped mint & serve immediately.

Flaky Buttery Biscuits:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup milk (you may not need the entire amount)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a fork or 2 table knives, combine the butter and flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Slowly add the milk, stirring with a fork, to the desired consistency.

Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and gently knead just to bring the dough together. Carefully roll out the dough about 3/4 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter or sturdy glass, cut about 12 biscuits, re-rolling any scraps. Place on the lined baking sheet. Bake the biscuits for 13 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

***If you want to take the skins off the peaches, score the bottoms of the peaches with a knife and drop them in boiling water for 2 minutes. Let cool to the touch and easily remove skins. It's a lifesaver!***

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  • June 18, 2012

    Shortcake as a tool to get some quiet-great idea! Oh man, maybe I should take these to the next board meeting at my condominium. When an argument breaks out I'll bust em' out and hopefully they'll all just be chewing. Then so happy they will forget what they were arguing about...

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 18, 2012

    Peaches are often a neglected fruit, but today, you really did do them justice. The photos are wonderful, and makes the dessert look mouthwatering, which I'm sure it was.

  • June 18, 2012

    Oh I love peaches, what a great change to the normal strawberry shortcake.

  • Yes I do, I do want some. I've never had a shortcake :O ......... :O I'm putting this down to being an Australian but somehow I don't think that's very valid. I'm certain we have shortcakes here. dang it. Love the idea of peach shortcakes. & that ice-cream really does look best quality. yum!
    Heidi xo

  • June 18, 2012

    I've never had shortcakes either and I'm Australian too! Coincidence?
    They look similar to scones, but I don't think they're scones?!
    Doesn't even matter! They look beyond delicious! I love that tool you used to rub the butter in too.

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      They're biscuits!

      • June 18, 2012

        According to one of my american friends biscuits in the US are the same thing as Scones in NZ/AU/England, she makes chicken & (savoury) biscuits which I would definitely call scones. (I'm in NZ)

        Tracy these looks delicious! I love peaches. And now I have the Presidents song stuck in my head for the first time in many many years :)

        • June 19, 2012

          Oh so they are scones! Yum!

  • My dad would totally love these! He's really a big fan of peaches. And I so agree with you about the amount of silence while eating directly correlating with how good the food is. I was watching the same scene go down on Saturday night when I made a new salad recipe - they were eating up the salad, I was eating up the silence. . . feeling very satisfied. ;)

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      for real!

  • June 18, 2012

    peaches and shortcakes and ice cream?
    you're my kind of girl!

  • June 18, 2012

    Personally, I don't think the Cointreau is optional at all. Just saying.

    Also, these look amazeballs. I'm definitely making these, but with a gluten free flour. Awesome!

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      *agreed* but some people get turned off by booze... who are those people?! :)

  • June 18, 2012

    i love the peaches idea! way better than regular ol' strawberry.


    strawberry & peaches together?! i think i would die...

  • June 18, 2012

    this looks sooo goood! there's a special place in my heart for peaches...

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012


  • June 18, 2012

    DANG! What a great feakin idea. Those peaches look amazing, juicy and like I want some now. As I was writing I realized I have peaches, so there will be some peach shortcake making in the kitchen today fo sho! Thanks for the great idea.

  • June 18, 2012

    Wow, these are stunning. I love peaches!

  • June 18, 2012

    Peach shortcakes with mint!!!! I'd be doing a silent happy dance in the corner if I was served these delightful shorties.

  • June 18, 2012


    I need to make these. Like now. What about grilled peaches?? My mouth is watering already.

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      Grilled peaches would be FAB!

  • June 18, 2012

    I haaate peeling peaches but these look so I good I think it's totally worth it

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      Blanch them! The skins come off SOOO easily. There's instructions at the very bottom.

  • Yup, those look amazing! It could also be fun to grill the peaches and serve them warm! Maybe with a little bit of brown sugar? I want to try this, with those biscuits, because those biscuits looks amazing!

  • June 18, 2012

    Beautiful peaches!!! I have never cooked peaches but I'm absolutely going to try it! Thank you!

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2012

      They don't actually cook! The skins just fall off! You're gonna love the technique.

      • June 25, 2012

        I made these over the weekend and you're right - the skin just falls off. A beautiful way to prepare peaches. I can't wait to do it again!

  • June 18, 2012

    OMG, girl. this looks hella gooooood!

  • So delicious! Anything with peaches or apricots this season has my heart!

  • June 18, 2012

    Loooove it! Yum!

  • June 18, 2012

    are those coop's fingers in the ice cream?

    If so, Amazing.

  • June 19, 2012

    These look SO GOOD! Your biscuits look like scones... but that's cool with me!

  • June 19, 2012

    Oh I am so doing this.

  • June 19, 2012

    I know what I'm making this weekend! BTW you rocked my Father's Day weekend. Cooked up a storm all weekend long in appreciation of all the hubby does. Flat Roasted Chicken, Italian Fires and Kale Slaw Sat night. Chocolate Dutch Baby Sun morning, Thai Beef Salad for Lunch and Artichoke squares for a potluck Sun night. All rocked. All (including both the kids) were impressed and sated. You are the best.

  • June 20, 2012

    Oh my gosh, I have such a sweet spot for shortcakes! And like a dummy, of course I never thought of peach. What's up with me?! I love this idea! Must try asap. :)

    Thanks Tracy!

  • June 20, 2012

    Oh man. These look amazing! I love the first photo, also. Sooooo good-lookin'.

  • June 21, 2012

    yum! These look incredible and I can't wait until we have good peaches in season here!

  • June 27, 2012

    Amen for non-strawberry shortcakes. I would love to make something savory like this with biscuits and some cured ham....mmmmm

  • fusilliamy
    June 30, 2012

    Finally made this tonight for my fam. The peaches. Holy wow THE PEACHES. My mouth was happy. It's so refreshing, but with just the right amount of butter.

  • August 9, 2012

    These look absolutely fantastic! I love strawberry shortcakes, but never thought to make peach shortcakes. I love how easy and quick it is.

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