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Peachy Keen


As suddenly as if Mother Nature herself flipped a switch to change the seasons, summer has landed, without fanfare or time to brace yourself for impact. Warm but dry days transformed overnight into no holds barred heat and humidity, filling the house with agonizingly sweltering air at all hours of the day, no relief in sight. Stop the suffering and just take it outside! Chances are that a shady patch will be not only more tolerable temperature wise, but have the added bonus of a fresh breeze wafting by. This is where compact, easily carried desserts come in handy, and exactly why I share a recipe for Peaches and Crème Shortcakes in Jars in the summer issue of Joy of Kosher magazine.

Fancy fare needn’t apply for easy-going picnics or the average afternoon outdoors, but simply packing a classic shortcake into glass jars makes them somehow instantly more elegant. Roasting the peaches brings out more of their natural flavor, so only a minimal amount of sugar is needed. Thanks to the addition of a luscious cashew and tofu-based crème, you won’t have to worry about anything melting or turning sour in the sun. This parfait-like peach shortcake will fit in perfectly for any grand party or casual summertime gathering. Don’t let the heat defeat your or your dessert cravings!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

31 thoughts on “Peachy Keen

  1. This whole jar trend is a good thing. I’ve seen oatmeal in a jar, salads in a jar, now shortcake on a jar. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?!

  2. mmmmm… peaches! These look fantastic!

  3. i agree — there’s a certain elegance about a desert in a jar! even at a picnic! these are so beautiful! i love the layers! yum!!

  4. This looks delicious Hannah! I bet it would make the heat tolerable. I would never let something like hot air defeat my dessert cravings. ;)

  5. I would love one of these right now! Although I’m at work in the AC which is nice… it’s been a scorcher!

  6. These jars are gorgeous…where can i order them? I remember seeing some similar when I lived in Italy, but none since returning to the US. Thanx!

  7. Picture perfect! I must try this when summer comes again ;D

  8. Yum! I love the idea of dessert in a jar! So portable and fun! :-)

  9. The desert looks wonderful and tastes even better I am sure! Thanks also for the inspiration about using the jars – especially good for us photgraphers and whats more they are available in the UK at Amazon.

  10. What a perfect idea and it looks so pretty.

  11. Way to kill the heat my friend, such a gorgeous dessert!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. These are so cute and simple! Now I can’t wait until Palisade Peaches here in Colorado are in season!

  13. I know what I’m doing with my overflow of peaches from my CSA! Thank you!

  14. Beautiful, and I love using a jar to serve them! I also really like the idea of combining peaches and cashews. Sounds delicious.

  15. I like the idea of limiting myself to only what is inside the small jar as I might OD on this yummy dessert if in a big dessert dish.

  16. Oh, this sounds like the dodgy summers we’ve had here two years in a row! This is how summer has gone: rain rain rain rain 38 DEGREE HEAT rain rain rain 38 DEGREE HEAT rain storm grey rain bleurgh.

    In other words, I’ve either had no summer or dodgy summers since 2007. Hmph.

    Thank heavens we has delicious gorgeous desserts to keep us smiling, right? :)

    P.S. My 38 is your 100 :)

    • You poor thing! I’ll try not to complain anymore… Luckily, it doesn’t often eek above 100 here, no matter how brutal the humidity makes it feel. Ever consider moving somewhere a bit more temperate… like the east coast of the US, maybe? ;)

  17. This recipe sounds so lovely! I love how putting something in a jar instantly elevates it from average to foodie-cool.

    Thanks for mentioning above where to get the jars! They are adorable :)

  18. I’m speechless!!! I just fund your blog and i is amazing!! your photos are super! And this recipe….OMG my mouth is watering!

  19. These are adorable! They really look so elegant in the glass jars…I love seeing all the components. :) That cashew and tofu-based crème sounds incredible, and I love that it’s picnic-friendly!

  20. I love your photo…it looks so cool and refreshing for a hot summer day.

  21. These are so cute and definitely deliciously portable! The perfect picnic treat,

  22. These are the cutest lil shortcakes. i am sucker for small things in a jar..:) perfect to carry around for sure.. such fun summer in a jar! ( though we are still at 50-60 this weekend… hoping to get some sun the coming one!)

  23. these shortcakes in jars are absolutely stunning! I love its visual effect. I’m gonna stock up on some jars soon!

  24. This is so perfect! Love the jars.

  25. I love the jars idea. I can just simply put anything on it. Where did yo get those jars?

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