HONEY & APRICOT ALMOND SHORTCAKES

Ellen Bales

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These babies are SOoooo decadent and full of all the things that are bad for you, but hey, you only live once. Go ahead and try them, just once.
Recipe & photo: BHG.com


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Serves:

6

Prep:

1 Hr

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1/4 c
cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 c
cold shortening, cubed
1 c
cake flour
3/4 c
whole wheat flour
3/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
brown sugar
1 Tbsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 c
plus 1 tbsp. whipping cream
1
egg, separaed
1 tsp
vanilla bean paste or vanilla
1/4 c
chopped almonds
2 c
sliced pitted fresh apricots (3/4 lb.)
1/4 c
granulated sugar
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
turbinado sugar
mascarpone-honey cream (see below)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a small bowl stir together butter and shortening. Cover; freeze 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter mixture. Using your fingers, rub into flour mixture until coarse and pebbly.
2
In a 1-cup glass measure whisk together the 1/2 cup cream, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture. Stir with a fork just until combined. Stir in almonds. Gently knead until smooth, about 1 minute (dough should hold its shape without falling apart). Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 6x6-inch square. Cut into 6 rectangles. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400ยบ.
3
In a medium bowl stir together apricots, granulated sugar, and lemon juice; set aside.
4
In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and remaining 1 Tbsp. cream. Brush over tops of dough squares; sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool on baking pan 2 minutes. Remove; cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with Mascarpone-Honey Cream and apricot mixture.
5
MASCARPONE-HONEY CREAM: In a large chilled mixing bowl beat 1 cup mascarpone cheese, 3 Tbsp. whipping cream, and 2 Tbsp. honey with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian