Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blackberry Shortcakes


Summer, berries, shortcakes and cream, use whichever berries you want - it will be equally delicious. Don't forget to dust them with confectioner's sugar and top with a sprig of fresh mint. YUM!don't you just LOVE summer!



Blackberry Shortcakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream.

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.


22 comments:

  1. Hey Mary! I love shortcakes. They're such a summer staple in our house. So funny that your daughter is going to an intensive dance camp as well. She must love dancing like my Zoe.
    I'm so loving this summer and think it's been my favorite thus far. I think it's because my kids are older and they are relaxed and at ease with just chilling out! I think I'm going to have with draws when they go back to school in Sept. xoxo, Jackie

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  2. These look delectable Mary :) Almonds are so good in shortbreads- makes them crunchy yet crumbly!

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  3. Mary, very pretty presentation of your fabulous blackberry shortcakes - using berries in and for baking is a summer "must" and I cannot get enough of it either! Just wonderful, Mary!
    Have a great Monday!

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  4. Whatever am I going to do with you? I'm trying to work on my figure, and you keep coming up with all these beautiful, tasty foods. What's a girl to do, but to try them out! Oh well, skinny isn't everything.
    Sweets are my kind of food

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  5. This shortcake looks amazing! I adore blackberries and they look so happy here :)

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  6. Oh, how fabulous. It seemed like shortcake used to be solely reserved for strawberries. I love that now days with all sorts of berries are sued, I've never done blackberries but I think that's about to change! Very pretty too!

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  7. That shortcake looks very delicious & yummy!

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  8. yum! You remind me of my daughter's fav show, strawberry shortcakes! Now this will be something that I need to try, she will be super excited!

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  9. Oh how pretty, Mary!! I also meant to comment on the no bake cheesecakes you posted the other day...mmmmmm! What size tart pans did you use? Thanks for sharing.

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  10. There are many wild blackberry bushes in our area, and we end up collecting loads. I'll be marking this post for future reference.

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  11. Mary se ve muy rico una exquisitez ,saludos-

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  12. What a lovely and delicious looking dessert.

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  13. i just made something with berries too..no summer here though and i love your plate. very vintage looking!

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  14. mmmm . . . those look so delicious Mary! We are patiently awaiting blackberry season here!

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  15. Lovely dessert! Pass me that plate please! Looks so good!

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  16. I just absolutely love your presentation!! I have a feeling I'll be craving shortcakes all day now :)

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  17. I certainly do love summer and all these wonderful new recipes you give us to please both the eye and the palate! I just love blackberries too!

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  18. Oh my goodness! I've seen strawberry shortcake, but not blackberry. That sounds fabulous. I love, love, love blackberries! Summer is great isn't it!

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  19. Abeautiful, refreshing and summery dessert!Love it!
    Hugs!

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