Amaretto Peach Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is good, but I think a bit overdone.  When I was at the farmer's market a few weeks ago, these fat little peaches were calling my name!  I found out that they are called "doughnut" peaches and they were so fragrant and sweet, that I recommend that you try to find some!

I took them on a trip to my parents' house in Pennsylvania.  I told my mom that we were going to make a boozy recipe, so I asked her what type of alcohol she had on hand; she only had a half-bottle of amaretto.  Now, there are worse liquors to be stuck with and it just so happens that peaches pair INCREDIBLY well with amaretto.  Lucky for us!

1 1/2 T. organic cane sugar
2 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour, like Bob's Red Mill
1 T. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
6 T. coconut oil, softened
1/2 c. coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk, cold
1/4 c. amaretto (be sure that it's vegan)
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

For the filling:
4 small peaches, pitted and sliced
pinch of cinnamon
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
splash of amaretto

For the dough:
Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

In a food processor, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Pulse this mixture with the coconut oil until it resembles a meal.  Add the amaretto and milk and continue to pulse.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 10-15 minutes.

Take the slab of dough and flatten it out with your hands or a rolling pin.  (If the dough it too hard, grease your hands with coconut oil and knead the dough.)  Flatten the dough to about a half-inch in thickness.

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Cut the dough into circles and place them on the baking sheet.  Bake them for about 15 minutes.

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For the filling:
In a small saucepan, combine the filling ingredients - except for the amaretto - and cook on medium heat until peaches are soft.  As you take the filling off of the stove, stir in the amaretto.

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These shortcakes are not overly sweet, but satisfy your dessert craving!  A perfect summer treat!