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Peach Shortcake

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I used home-canned peaches for this recipe today, but by all means use fresh ripe peaches, sliced and sprinkled with a little bit of sugar if they’re in season.  These biscuits have cornmeal in them, which I find to be very yummy when combined with peaches, as you can see from my recipe for Johnnycake Peach Cobbler

Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick cold butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Use your fingers to blend in the butter.  Combine the egg, buttermilk and honey, then add to the flour mixture.  Form into 6-8 biscuits and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.

Sweetened Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Make the whipped cream by beating the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until peaks form. 

Split open the warm biscuits, top with peaches and sweetened whipped cream.

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Working on the Pantry

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Ed spent most of both Saturday and Sunday in the garage working on the cabinets for our pantry.  Our pantry currently contains a bunch of stuff crammed into it, with no organization.  When we decided to build a house, a pantry was very important to me, along with having the laundry room on the second floor.  I can remember my great-grandmother’s pantry, how it contained mason jars full of preserved fruits and vegetables, all the ingredients required to make the Tollhouse cookies that were always in her kitchen, and gave her the ability to organize and store food to avoid frequent trips to the grocery store.  I look forward to being able to store my canned items in an organized fashion as well as stocking up on staple foods and not needing to go to the grocery store so often.  

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Ed got the bottom cabinets framed over the weekend.  Once he makes the face frames and the doors, I’ll be able to paint them and we’ll install them.  Ed has some black walnut that he’ll use for the counter top.  We plan to put bead board on the walls and open shelving above the bottom cabinets.  I’m really looking forward to using my pantry!

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