Peach Shortcakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Here’s one dessert you’ll want to make for your Labor Day barbecue this coming weekend. A southern-style twist on everyone’s favorite peach shortcakes. Ripe peaches, bourbon whipped cream and toasted pecans sandwiched between a warm cakelike biscuit.  In one word-incredible! 🙂 Serve this dessert while the shortcakes are still warm from the oven for a perfect ending to any summer meal!

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Peach Shortcakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream

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For the Topping:

  • 2 pounds ripe but firm peaches (4 to 5 medium), peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons peach schnapps
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

For the Shortcakes:  

  • 2 cups bleached all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface and biscuit cutter
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for sprinkling
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), frozen, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

For the Bourbon Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon


  1. In large bowl gently toss three-quarters of peaches with 4 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Let stand 30 minutes. Toss remaining peaches with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and schnapps in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power until peaches are bubbling, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring twice during cooking. Using potato masher, crush peaches into coarse pulp. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position; heat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse flour, salt, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons sugar until combined, about five 1-second pulses. Add the butter and toss with a fork to cover in flour mixture. Pulse until mixture looks like coarse cornmeal flecked with pea-sized bits of butter, about 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add egg with half-and-half; pour into flour mixture. Mix with a rubber spatula until mixture comes together. Turn mixture onto floured work surface and lightly knead until it comes together.
  5. Pat dough into 9- by 6-inch rectangle, 3/4 inch thick. Flour 2 3/4-inch biscuit cutter; cut 6 dough rounds. Place 1 inch apart on small baking sheet; brush dough tops with egg white and sprinkle with remaining sugar. (Can be covered and refrigerated up to 2 hours before baking.) After cutting six perfect rounds of dough, you can reknead the scraps and repeat the cutting process to get one or two more rounds. These shortcakes will be a little tougher and less attractive than those from the first cutting. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Place baking sheet on wire rack; cool cakes until warm, about 10 minutes.
  6. While the biscuits are baking, make the whipped cream: Chill nonreactive, deep, 1- to 1 1/2-quart bowl and beaters for a handheld mixer in freezer for at least 20 minutes. Add cream, brown sugar, and bourbon to chilled bowl; beat on low speed until small bubbles form, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; continue beating until beaters leave a trail, about 30 seconds more. Increase speed to high; continue beating until cream is smooth, thick, and nearly doubled in volume, about 20 seconds for soft peaks or about 30 seconds for stiff peaks. If necessary, finish beating by hand to adjust consistency.
  7. Split each biscuit in half and place bottoms on individual serving plates. Spoon portion of crushed peach mixture over each bottom, followed by peach slices and any exuded juices. Top peaches with 2 tablespoons whipped cream and 1 tablespoon pecans; cap with biscuit top, and dollop each shortcake with some of remaining whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 14 minutes

Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, July 2008 and Bon Appetit

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12 Responses to Peach Shortcakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream

  1. I’m not much of a biscuit fan, but I’d be thrilled just with the peaches and bourbon whipped cream! Yum 🙂

  2. Regina says:

    This looks awesome..Don’t think a little chocolate syrup would hurt, do ya!

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    I see you’ve got the “peach bug”, too. WIth so many of them so ripe and luscious, how can we resist them? And this dessert, Christina, is just too decadent for words.

  4. Ohhhhh yummmmy!!! Bet these are the pride of the south!

  5. Medeja says:

    Looks like amazing dessert! I really like that whipped cream 🙂

  6. Parsley Sage says:

    This is gorgeous! Why you gotta be featuring a fruit that costs like $20 a pop in the Cayman Islands? 😉 You’re gonna break my wallet!

  7. It’s so nice to read and see an “adult” dessert! I love the idea of fresh peaches with bourbon and schnapps as well!!

  8. Now that dash of bourbon just makes this perfect for me, Christina! Great dessert. Loving all the peach recipes. 🙂

  9. Just got a half case of peaches. Had planned on chutney and salsa… but these shortcakes are some stiff competition. Might just have to get more peaches!

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