peach shortcake with white chocolate-whipped cream
For the buttermilk biscuits:
Use whatever recipe you like best. I love this one from epicurious.com AND
I love this one from pinchmysalt.com
for the peaches:
6 large peaches, ripe
3-5 TB sugar (use as much sugar as you like; I used about 4 TB)
½ ts vanilla extract (optional)
juice of one lemon
white chocolate sauce:
¾ cup white chocolate chips
2 TB heavy cream
white chocolate-whipped cream:
½ cup heavy cream
1 TB crème fraiche, room temp
1 TB confectioners sugar
the melted white chocolate sauce from above
Place the bowl and beaters you will use for the whipped cream in the freezer.
Once your white chocolate sauce is melted and done, you will have to work fast to get the whipped cream done, as we don’t want the white chocolate sauce to harden.
for the peaches:
peel the skin off the peaches and do a rough chop. Place in small saucepan with the juice of one lemon, the sugar and the vanilla. Cook over low-medium heat until peaches are nice and soft (about 15-20 minutes). Stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, taste test and see if it’s sweet enough for you. Set aside.
For the white chocolate sauce:
In a small saucepan, over LOW heat, melt the white chocolate chips with the heavy cream. Stirring constantly. Do not walk away, just keep stirring. White chocolate chips have a tendency to melt then harden fast; just keep stirring, scraping the bottom of the saucepan. You will end up with a nice thick white chocolate ganache.
For the white chocolate-whipped cream:
Now working fast, take your bowl and beaters out of the freezer. Pour in the heavy cream, add in the confectioners sugar and the crème fraiche. Beat until “just” whipped. Then slowly, with beaters running, add in the white chocolate sauce in drizzles, not one lump sum, but drizzle the white chocolate sauce while the beaters are running. Stop when you have “almost” stiff peaks. Don’t overbeat.
This will not be a light airy whipped cream because of the heavy melted chocolate. If you want to be fancy, pipe the finished whipped cream in a pastry bag and pipe over the shortcakes.