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Low Fat Almond Shortcakes with Plums Mascarpone Cream Recipe – Category: Low-Fat

Low Fat Almond Shortcakes With Plums Mascarpone Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • ***PLUM FILLING***
  • 2 pounds black or red plums
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup amaretto
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ***SHORTCAKES***
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup almond paste
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • mascarpone cream

Method

TO MAKE PLUM FILLING: Pit plums and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  1. In a saucepan, combine water, Amaretto and sugar.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Add plums, return to a simmer and cook until plums start to soften, 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

TO MAKE & ASSEMBLE SHORTCAKES: 1.

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with nonstick spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk all-purpose and cake flours, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut almond paste into dry ingredients until mixture resembles fine meal.
  5. In a glass measuring cup, combine 3/4 cup buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
  6. Make a well in the dry ingredients.
  7. Add wet ingredients and stir with a fork until just combined.
  8. Dough will be slightly sticky; do not overmix.
  9. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  10. Gently pat into a 3/4-inch-thick circle.
  11. With a floured 3 or 3 1/2-inch cutter, cut out shortcakes and place on prepared baking sheet.
  12. Press dough scraps together and repeat to make 8 shortcakes.
  13. In a small bowl, toss almonds with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon buttermilk.
  14. Lightly press mixture onto shortcakes.
  15. Bake shortcakes for 10 to 12 minutes, or until light golden.
  16. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  17. To serve, split shortcakes in half with a serrated knife.
  18. Set bottoms on dessert plates.
  19. Spoon on plum filling and mascarpone cream.
  20. Set tops on at an angle.
  21. Serve immediately.
  22. Makes 8 servings.
  23. Calories per serving; 6 grams protein; 9 grams fat 0 gram saturated fat; 73 grams carbohydrate; 4 grams alcohol; 365 mg sodium; 14 mg cholesterol; 4 grams fiber

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