Peach Shortcake Trifle

1/2 cup butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

2 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup whole milk

3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

8 cups sliced ripe peaches (about 2 1/2 lb.)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

2 (8-oz.) containers mascarpone cheese

3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

2 cups heavy cream

 

Mascarpone, a thick, rich Italian cheese made from cow’s milk, gives the whipped cream a slight tang and extra-smooth texture. Look for it in the supermarket’s deli or dairy section or substitute the same amount of softened full-fat cream cheese. Be sure not to over-whisk the mascarpone because it curdles easily. You just want to incorporate the sugar and vanilla to loosen it a bit before folding in the whipped cream.

 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter with a heavy-duty stand mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, and beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

     

  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended after each addition. Beat in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract.

     

  • Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold about one-third of the egg whites into batter; fold in remaining egg whites in 2 batches. Spoon batter into 1 greased (with butter) and floured 9-inch square baking pan.

     

  • Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan, and cool completely on wire rack, about 1 hour.

     

  • Stir together peaches and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Stir in mint.

     

  • Gently whisk together mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla in a large bowl. Beat heavy cream with a heavy-duty stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.

     

  • To assemble trifle: Cut cooled cake into 1-inch cubes. Layer one-third of the cake cubes in bottom of a 4-quart trifle dish. Top with one-third each of peach slices with juice and whipped cream mixture. Repeat layers twice. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 24 hours.

    Recipe and picture are from: Peach Shortcake Trifle | Southern Living

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