Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Makeover and a Celebration with Blackberry and Almond Shortcakes!


Yes, you are on the right page! I'm so thrilled to show off my new look.  I simply love it and hope you do to. It was designed by the talented (and very patient) Chad at http://www.e3studios.com  a wonderful company who I couldn't recommend highly enough.  The whole experience was an exciting learning curve and I'm grinning from ear to ear with the result.


As the sun is shining and my blog is gleaming, I decided there would be no better way to celebrate than with these Blackberry and Almond Shortcakes. They're delicious! The ground almonds and the lemon zest in the shortcake give it a little extra flavor and blackberries have always been a favorite around here.  Any berry or summer fruit would be equally scrumptious with these little beauties.

Blackberry and Almond Shortcakes.

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal
2 1/2 teaspoonfuls baking powder
Pinch of salt
Zest of a lemon
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter (cold and diced)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk

Filling:
1 6oz container of blackberries
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoonful confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 400F

Mix together the flour, almond meal, sugar, salt, baking powder and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the butter and beat with the paddle attachment until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs.

Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk and add to the flour mixture. Beat very gently until the mixture comes together.  It will be quite a sticky dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Sprinkle the dough with more flour and gently roll out until it is 1/2 inch thick.  Cut out circles with a pastry cutter and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment paper.

Wash the tops of the shortcakes with egg wash.  Place in the oven for approx 12- 14 minutes until they are risen and golden.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly.

To make the filling, whisk the cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla extract together until you have soft peaks.  Split the shortcake in half and fill with the cream and blackberries.   Add a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.


49 comments:

  1. Beautiful new look, love the green with the black. These shortcakes look so yummy. xo

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  2. your blog look beautiful! I love the classy style and pretty, soft colors!

    the shortcake looks scrumptious! Aren't the blackberries wonderful right now?!

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  3. Love your new design! The shortcakes are lovely too- perfect for summer! :)

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  4. LOVE the new blog design!! And these shortcakes look perfect for the summertime. :)

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  5. The new look lokks great! as do the yummy shortcakes! My Blackberries in the garden are ripening and I'm looking forward to some delicious eating! :)

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  6. Love your new blog look!

    And your shortcakes make your blog even more beautiful :D

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  7. Nice presentation!It looks so delicious ...

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  8. Your new look is stunning!! So gorgeous!
    Oh and the recipe as always a mouth watering one. :)
    xx

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  9. Oh good I'm first to comment :))
    I can be the first one to say I LOVE your new look. And your blackberry and almond shortcakes looks so delicious. That's a great picture of it too.

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  10. Wow the makeover looks beautiful and the shortcakes so very tempting

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  11. Congratulations on your new look! It looks wonderful!

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  12. An great recipe for an excellent makeover! The almonds in the shortcake sound terrific. I wish I had fresh berries, but they´re awful at this time of the year!

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  13. Love the new look, Mary! It's gorgeous!!

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  14. Just LOVE the new blog design ! It looks as pretty as your shortcakes ! lol

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  15. Your new look is "comfortably sophisticated" -- just the way a British mum should be! Beautiful job. And that goes for the shortcake, too. I've been downing a lot of things almond lately.

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  16. Mary,
    Your portrait is stunning - the blue just "pops" your eyes. I'm so impressed with your blog. Since Julia went to college, I have given up cooking, but I get great vicarious thrills from reading your blog.
    Good luck with the beginning of the college search season. Call me with questions.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Love Jane

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  17. Love the new look of your blog. And the almond shortcakes with blackberries are so tempting.

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  18. Great new look! Chad and Donna of TSRI sent me over. I'm glad that I came by. I'll come back again.

    Cheers!

    David Ivey
    www.BlackBucketBrew.com eZine Editor

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  19. Your new look is absolutely beautiful, Mary! Chad did a fantastic job. I love it!

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  20. I absolutely love the new look of your blog! A+++! It's fresh and fun! Congrats!

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  21. Holy cow Mary! This is fantastic!!!!! I love the new look. Definitely worth celebrating. Nicely done. :)

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  22. Love the new look! And these short cakes - they look amazing!!

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  23. Love youy blog new look ! look aamazing and beauty Mary! and I love your shortcakes especiallyu with blackberries! congrats :)))

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  24. congrats on your new look, it's fabulous! And the shortcakes look delicious!

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  25. Love your new blog design. That is reason enough to celebrate. I would also celebrate with these gorgeous shortcakes, and a pot of tea.

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  26. your blog's new design is great, very professional looking and like your idea of sandwiching the fillings between your shortcakes!

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  27. Really great new look! Much easier to read. Wonderful!

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  28. Love the new look, and great dessert to celebrate!

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  29. I don't know which looks better, your new look or your yummy Almond Shortcake!
    Don't you just love summer desserts.

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  30. A wonderul sweet treat!I love your new design!Congratulations!Kisses,my dear friend!

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  31. Your blog looks amazing, I'm so jealous, I'll have to look up the company that did your design! And I've been saving a recipe just like this to make when the fresh blackberries come in...your photo is wonderful!

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  32. Hi Mary, this really calls for a huge celebration...your new blog design is fabulous...clean, crisp, and truly gleaming...so professional. I also could use a new Logo look. Will bookmark the name and address.

    Your almond shortcakes with the cream and the blackberries are just perfect for the summer. Love the recipe, and the presentation!

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  33. Mary, what a fabulous new blog, and superb baking. Jude x

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  34. Mary, I absolutely love your new look and can't wait to try your shortbread. It sounds fabulous. I also love blackberries, so this dessert has my name written all over it. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  35. Love your new look! Great design! The shortcakes look delicious, nice way to celebrate.

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  36. Mary, your blog looks fantastic!!! One of the best looks I've seen in ages...you must be thrilled! And you've picked the perfect dessert to celebrate! I adore shortcakes and this one looks divine~

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  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Oh my goodness they and you did such a great job. it looks fresh, fun, professional and the food- not to mention the food. the shortcakes look delicious

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  38. Well, I for one, certainly love your "new do"!! My favorite colors are all shades of green and I like that color on my blog too. It, and your blackberry shortcakes look delicious. Happy, happy celebrations! Glad to hear that it was a good experience working with the design company. I keep wondering who makes all of the blogs look so pretty.

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  39. Beautiful Mary, just beautiful, both the blog and your lovely shortcakes, YUM!

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  40. Your new look is gorgeous! Your scrumptious shortcakes are the best way to celebrate!

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  41. Those shortcakes with blackberries and double cream look just wonderful!
    I've just come back from England and find that the double cream there tastes better than anywhere else! I wonder why that is?!
    Have a lovely weekend! Sandra

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  42. Not only this shortcake must be delicious but it also looks awesome :-)

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  43. This looks really yummy, I regret not having prepared dessert for tonight now :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  44. Mary, Love your new look…beautiful! And I love these gorgeous Blackberry, Almond Shortcakes! Your photos are lovely!

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  45. Mary, Love your new look…beautiful! And I love these gorgeous Blackberry, Almond Shortcakes! Your photos are lovely!

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  46. What a great twist! I love the look of those fresh blackberries, I bet it tasted completely amazing!

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