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Sesame-Apple Shortcakes

Serves 8
Time 40 min
We put a new spin on this classic dessert by using whole wheat pastry flour and sesame seeds in tender buttermilk biscuits, then filling them with a delicious mix of apple, tahini and honey. You can store leftover biscuits in an airtight container for up to 2 days; reheat the split biscuits under the broiler until warmed and barely toasted, about 1 minute, before filling them.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter diced
  • 1 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 crisp, sweet-tart apples, such as Gala or Fuji cubed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons honey
Method

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work butter into flour mixture until no bits larger than peas remain. With a fork, stir in buttermilk just until flour mixture is evenly moistened. Using a large spoon or a 1/4-cup measure, drop batter in 8 mounds on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each. Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until browned on top and bottom, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine apples, tahini and honey, and toss well. Split warm or cooled biscuits, fill with apple mixture and serve.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter diced
  • 1 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 crisp, sweet-tart apples, such as Gala or Fuji cubed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons honey