Sweetened biscuits topped with juicy ripe berries and a dollop of whipped cream make these Berry Shortcakes one of my family’s favorite desserts.
A Spring Fling with Berry Shortcakes
Since Spring has finally arrived, the Sunday Supper crew is celebrating the food of the season. As my devoted followers know, I have a little obsession with berries. And when we finally get a shipment of fragrant berries in the market, I can’t help but make every berry dessert imaginable. Shortcakes are on the top of that list. Strawberries are traditional, but a mixture of berries truly showcases the sweetness of springtime. And I kicked these babies up another notch by adding some mascarpone to my whipped cream along with just a touch of Chambord to the berries!
The Magic of Berries and Cream
Tender biscuits made with cold butter, heavy cream and buttermilk are the foundation for these sublime shortcakes. But it’s the sweet, ripe, springtime berries and velvety mascarpone whipped cream that push this dessert over the top. Truly an insanely delicious way to showcase the best of the best berries. And a sensational way to usher in a new season, especially after our crazy winter. If you cannot get quality berries in your area yet (a quick inhale will reveal whether they are ripe and fragrant), tuck this recipe away till local berries hit the produce stand. This recipe may become a spring tradition in your home as it is in mine.
- 4 cups of berries of your choice, hulled and sliced if needed
- 2 or more tablespoons of sugar, to taste
- 1 tablespoon Chambord liqueur, optional
- 2 cups flour
- ⅓ cup plus1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling
- 2½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon. kosher salt
- ½ cup (4 ounces) butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup heavy cream, plus more to brush over biscuit tops
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup mascarpone cheese
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- Put the berries in a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Gently toss, then let the berries sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
- Sift the flour, ⅓ cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in the salt. Using a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg and heavy cream with a fork. Mix in the buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cream mixture. Mix with the fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just comes together; it will still look a little shaggy. Gather the dough and gently knead it three or four times. If the dough seems dry and doesn’t form a cohesive mass, work in more cream, 1 tsp. at a time.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll into a ¾ inch thick disk. Using a 2½ inch diameter biscuit cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Gather scraps and gently knead together if you need more dough for the last couple biscuits.
- Brush the biscuit tops with cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake, rotating the baking sheet once, until the biscuit tops are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Let the biscuits cool slightly.
- Whip the heavy cream and sugar to soft peaks with a hand mixer. Add mascarpone and mix till combined. Add vanilla and Grand Marnier, if using.
- Split the warm biscuits in half with a serrated knife and place the bottoms on plates. Spoon a generous serving of the berries and their juice over the biscuit bottoms. It’s OK if some of the berries spill out onto the plate. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and cover each with a biscuit top. Spoon the remaining berries and cream over each shortcake, if desired, and serve immediately.
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Many thanks to my friends, DB (aka Foodie Stuntman) of Crazy Foodie Stunts and Valerie of Lifestyle Food Artistry, for hosting today’s event.