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Peach-Basil Shortcakes

Finally – a dessert that showcases the wonderful combination of summer peaches and fresh basil. I defy anyone who tries this to resist having seconds and asking for the recipe.

Ready in: Level: Medium
Prep: Cook: Yields: 8 Servings

    Ingredients


    Filling


  • 2 lbs peaches (10 small or 7 medium-size)

  • 1/3 c sugar

  • 2 T thinly sliced basil

  • 1 T lemon juice


  • Shortcakes


  • 1 1/4 c Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt

  • 1/4 c buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 T vegetable oil

  • 1 t lemon zest

  • 2 3/4 c flour plus additional for dusting

  • 1/3 c plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 t baking powder

  • 1/4 t baking soda

  • 1/4 t salt

  • 1 1/3 c Stonyfield Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
Nutrition

Calories: 510, Calories from Fat: 180, Total Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 170mg, Total Carbohydrate: 76g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 38g, Protein: 9g, Vitamin A: 25%, Vitamin C: 20%, Calcium: 30%, Iron: 15%

Preparation

Filling:

Step 1

Cut peaches in half and remove pits. Finely dice two of the peach halves; set aside. Slice remaining peaches into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place in a medium-size bowl with sugar, basil and lemon juice; set aside.


Shortcakes:

Step 1

Heat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, blend together 3/4 cup of the yogurt, buttermilk, egg, oil and lemon zest. Stir in diced peaches.

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in flour mixture; add yogurt mixture to well. Gently stir just until evenly moistened and dough comes together.

Step 3

Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and with floured hands shape into a 14-inch log. With a floured knife, cut into 10 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2-inches thick. Shape each piece into a 4-inch round. Transfer to baking sheet. Brush rounds with a little water, then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the remaining sugar.

Step 4

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

Step 5

Meanwhile, whip heavy cream with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar to medium-stiff peaks. Fold in remaining 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt.

Step 6

Cut each shortcake horizontally in half. Place each bottom half on a platter or plate. Spoon a little juice from the peaches onto each, then divide peaches and whipped cream among shortcakes. Cover with top half of shortcake, cut side down and serve.

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