Shortcakes with Roasted Nectarines and Vanilla Ice Cream

Biscuits, Dessert, Fruit Desserts | 12 comments

The focus of this blog has always been and will always be: finding the good in the kitchen and in life. For me those two go hand in hand. But sometimes, on days like today, it’s harder to see the good in life in the passing moments until you sit back and look at the whole picture. Let me explain.

I was over scheduled today and had to decline on something I’d really have enjoyed participating in for a responsibility I was already committed to, but had forgotten to make note of in my agenda book. It’s always a bummer when you say “yes” to something and have to change to “no” because you had forgotten about other plans.

Later the kids and I were at Costco. Terrible two’s for Madeline? I think not. How about an obnoxious four and a half year old instead. I’m just being honest. Wanting everything in his path, not asking pleasantly or accepting no for an answer. Kicking. Scream. Lots and lots of kicking and screaming. Lots of stares from strangers chastising me in their heads. Why would she bring two children to Costco in the afternoon? Logan running away from me while I’m trying to pay and get the heck out of there as fast as possible. Needing help to get my kids and groceries out to the car. More kicking and screaming the whole way home.

Hearing Logan screaming at me from his time out as I type this. Knowing that he’s probably covered the inside of his door with crayon marks in a fit of rage (for the third time).

It’s kinda hard to see the good in that. But I’ll tell you the good anyway.

The woman who at Costco told me so sweetly not to worry because this too shall pass. (I hope she’s right) She has a granddaughter. She understands. The man who took Logan’s hand and brought him back to me when he made a break for it while I was paying. The Costco employee who saw I needed help and did it without being asked even though she was on her lunch break. And then she talked to me for a good 5 minutes at the car and told me her son was just like this, maybe even worse. And how I could ask for her at the membership desk any time I needed help with him while shopping.

Madeline being a perfect angel through all of this. Giving me hugs and kisses. Cuddling and reading stories with Madeline before she went down for a nap. That my hubby will be home in a couple hours and do most, if not all, of the work it getting the kids ready for bed because that’s what he does when I’ve had a bad day, and lots of times on the good days too. That Logan still loves me even though he isn’t acting like it. How happy he’s going to be when I tell him that time out is over and ask him if he’d like to help me make dessert. Who cares about what’s for dinner. After a day like today, I’m going to need a little something sweet before bed.

And it’s probably worth noting that this dessert couldn’t have happened without the trip to Costco. I guess you can’t have the good without the bad.

Shortcakes with Roasted Nectarines and Vanilla Ice Cream

adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into slices
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tsp half-and-half
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position. In a food processor, combine the flour, 1 1/2 Tbs sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pulse to combine. Scatter butter pieces over flour and process until mixture resembles a coarse meal, about 15 one second pulses. Transfer to bowl.

Mix the beaten egg and half and half together. Pour into the bowl and stir until larges clumps form. Turn out onto a floured work surface and lightly knead until it comes together.

Pat dough into a 9 x 6 inch rectangle, about 3/4 inch thick. Flour a 2 3/4 inch biscuit cutter (or a glass works well too) and cut out 6 dough rounds. Place rounds 1 inch apart on a small baking sheet, brush tops with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 Tbs sugar.

Bake until the shortcakes are golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Roasted Nectarines
a goodLife {eats} creation

  • 2 ripe, but firm nectarines
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Slice nectarines and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the butter, vanilla, and lemon juice. Pour over the nectarines and toss. Place nectarines, juices, and butter mixture in a greased shallow baking dish. Roast for 12 minutes at 425 degrees F.

To serve: split a shortcake in half horizontally. Place a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the bottom half of the shortcake. Top with nectarines and juices. Place the other half of the shortcake on top.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Maria - September 03, 2009 @ 1:54 am

    Sounds like you really needed this dessert! :) Kids will be kids!


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    Sarah Alaoui - September 03, 2009 @ 5:19 am



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    RecipeGirl - September 03, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    Hey, I've had those days too… many!!! Kudos to you for getting something good out of it. Yummy roasted nectarines!


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    Kelsey B. - September 03, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    I have those days too, and my daughter is not even two yet! This looks like a delicious dessert… Don't worry, it will pass and you can always eat dessert first!


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    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates - September 03, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    You definitely deserve dessert after a day like that! How nice to know that there are such wonderful Costco employees though! Someday this will be just a distant memory – I tell my son the story of his worst public tantrum which he thinks is extremely funny but it absolutely wasn't for me at the time!Yummy yummy dessert!!


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    Eric - September 03, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    Your story brought a tear to my eye.


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    Auntie E - September 03, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    wow..dessert time indeed. Love the recipe.I'm Starting a Menu Blog hop on my Auntie E Kitchen Site.( Why not Drop by and link up one of your favorite recipes. New name and New stuff on this site. Changing for the better.


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    Jennifer - September 03, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

    What a moving story. These shortcakes look amazing. I love that you roasted the nectarines!


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    SnacksGiving - September 04, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    It seems to be nectarine time all over the place :) Love the shortcake and those roasted beauties!


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    Hoosier Homemade - September 06, 2009 @ 3:06 am

    The dessert looks yummy! I'm enjoying your blog. I'm new to the SEO group and haven't seen your blog yet.~Liz


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    Stephanie - September 09, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    Roasted nectarines! Delicious! My mouth is


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    Q, La, and Gooner - September 20, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    We have ALL had those days! Your recipe looks so tasty! I might have to add nectarines to my next grocery list.


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