Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ultimate Almond Peach Shortcake

Here is what Vegan Mom and I indulged in on Valentine's Day. We've never been big Valentine's Day people, and with 3 kids, celebrating now means trying to stay up past 10:30. Ha! On the 14th we enjoyed a nice pasta dish (I will post that next), and then bolted these down while taking in a class piece of cinematic comedy: Dragnet.

Makes 6
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 5 tbsp cold Earth Balance margarine
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- generous 3/4 cup soy creamer (or soy milk)
- 1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Cut in cold margarine (or use your fingers) until it resembled coarse bread crumbs. Mix in almonds, soy creamer, and extract with a wooden spoon. Add a splash more creamer if dough is too stiff.
2. Spread batter into an extra large non-stick muffin tin (or, grease and flour a pan if you don't have a non-stick one) with a silicone spatula. You should have 6.
3. Bake for 15-17 mins, until lightly brown on top. Let cool for a 5 mins, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

- 2 cups chopped frozen peaches
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp amaretto
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy creamer

Vegan Whipped Cream

1. Heat peaches and sugar in a pot over med-hi heat. When bubbling, add amaretto, reduce heat to medium, and let bubble away for a few mins. Add cinnamon. Dissolve cornstarch into creamer and add to peaches. Bring back to bubbling and stir for one min, allowing to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool in the fridge.

To Assemble the Shortcakes:
Cut shortcakes in half. Spread some whipped cream on the bottom half, and then some peach filling. Place the top of the shortcake on, then top with more filling and a dollop of cream.