Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Sweets, Part Deux

I have been looking forward to Sunday all week! I've had this little number in my FNF file and have been counting down daily to this dessert. I picked The Lady's Peach Shortcake because it has fruit in it and my BF tends to prefer desserts that are fruit based and less heavy. BTW, isn't it ironic that Kat and I both have significant others that don't LOVE sweets the way we do? (Sigh) I guess it's a good thing, as Kat pointed out last week, otherwise we'd end up having dessert way too often.

I used Bisquick's Heart Smart Baking Mix instead of the regular kind. The only difference is the Heart Smart mix has no saturated or trans fat it. They're pretty comparable in terms of sodium. I subbed Splenda for all the sugar (the original recipe uses a total of 2 1/2 cups!) and opted to use Fat Free Whip Cream. I calculated the recipe with the frozen kind because I prefer it (it seems a little thicker to me), but I already and the spray-able version in my fridge. Also, the original also uses vanilla ice cream as a topping, but I chose to leave it out of both recipe calculations because it felt like too much, even for Paula Deen (shortcakes, sugary fruit, whipped cream and ice cream?)

I couldn't find the Fruit Fresh preservative anywhere! I had never even heard of it, so Kat had to explain is just something that's sprinkled on to keep the peaches from turning brown. Since I couldn't find it, I just made sure to do the peach part just before serving.

The final product was really tasty! I cut mine so I had 3 pieces and had an 'open-faced' short cake. The shortcakes are best warm. They tend to be a tad dry when cold, as I found out after having one as a midnight snack. I loved the almond-y smell. Why don't I used that stuff more often?!

Here's how the nutrition compares:

Nutritional Information (OLD) Nutritional Information (NEW)
Servings Per Recipe: 12 Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving Amount Per Serving
Calories: 526 Calories: 224
Fat: 22 g Fat: 6 g
Sodium: 487 mg Sodium: 357 mg
Fiber: 2 g Fiber: 1 g

Not too shabby! The lightened version is half the calories of the original has almost 75% fewer grams of fat. Can you imagine how much more ice cream would have added? Crazy!

I am super pleased with how these guys turned out! I will definitely be making these again.

What's your favorite dessert?

Short on Calories Shortcake with Peaches

4 c. Heart Healthy Bisquick Mix
1/2 c Splenda
1 1/2 c skim milk
2 tbsp melted tub margarine
1 1/2 tsp almond extract

6 Peaches
Splash of Warm Water
1 1/2 c. Splenda

Whipped Cream:
3 c Fat Free frozen whipped topping

Combine shortbread ingredients and mix until moistened. Fill into 12 greased muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then remove from pan.

Core the peaches and put in a bowl. Add Fresh Fruit perservative (if you can find it). Moisten with warm water. Mix in Splenda until all peaches are coated.

To assemble, split warm shortcakes in half. Place one half on a plate and then top with peaches. Top peaches with second half of shortcake. Top with 1/4 c. whipped topping.


  1. There have been times we've can cut down the sugar because some dessert receipts are way to sweet when you add something like a sweet fruit as well. Can I cut down to maybe half the sugar of the origianl recipe and get the same or equal results of lower carbs and calories?

  2. Cutting even a little bit of sugar will help lower the calories and carbs, but it would still have more than if you used a non-nutritive sweetener (they don't add calories or carbs). It also depends where you're removing the sugar (from the shortcake, peach mixture or whipped cream?) and how much you reduce it. If you cut half of the sugar from the peach mixture in the original recipe, it would remove ~580 calories and 150 g carbs from the whole recipe. Divide that by 12 servings and it's a reduction of only 50 calories and 12 grams carbs less than the original recipe calculation. But anywhere you cut the sugar will cut make it healthier; it's all about finding a balance between healthfulness and taste!

  3. I love strawberry shortcake, but I've yet to try the classic combination with peaches. This looks so good! I try to eat as little sugar as possible (but I find that fruit is often sweet enough for me). Great post!

  4. This recipe looks very good and I will try it. My favorite dessert is almost anything chocolate, but Lemon Meringue Pie has been sounding very good lately.

  5. It's been so long since I've had Lemon Meringue Pie! My favorite part is that lemon-y goo. Remember how Dad used to make Lemon Cream Puffs for his office and we only got one! I could sure go for one of those right now....