Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mixed-Berry Shortcakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream

This is one of my favorite summer desserts. I cannot resist fresh fruit and biscuit style shortcakes. My husband knows it, and each year he prepares a version of this wonderful berry dessert just for me.

Summer berries are abundant right now, stock up, and don't hesitate to shake-up this recipe by adding a variety of different berries that are in season.

Mixed-Berry Shortcakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream
Makes 12
Recipe from Bon Appetit
Ingredients for Biscuits:
3 cups all purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter,cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled heavy whipping cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup chilled buttermilk

Ingredients for Whipped Cream and Berries:
2-1/4 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
5 tablespoons powdered sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces strawberries, quartered
2 -1/2 pint containers raspberries 
2-1/2 pint containers blueberries
3 tablespoons sugar
Note: Use what berries that you have available. We included blackberries.

Directions for Biscuits:
Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Whisk first 4 ingredients in large bowl.  Add butter.  Cut in until coarse meal forms.  Whisk 1/2 cup cream, 1 egg, and extracts in small bowl; mix into dry ingredients.  Gradually add buttermilk; toss until moist clumps form.  Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk.

Press dough out on floured surface to 9-inch round.  Cut out 2-1/2- inch-diameter rounds.  Gather scraps and repeat, cutting total of 12 rounds.  Place on prepared sheet.  Whisk 1 egg and 2 tablespoons cream in small bowl for glaze.  Brush some on rounds.

Bake biscuits until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 18 minutes.  Transfer to rack and cool.

Directions for Whipped Cream and Berries:
Beat cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in large bowl until peaks form.  Toss berries and 3 tablespoons sugar in another large bowl; let stand until juices form.

Halve biscuits.  Place bottoms in bowls.  Top with berries, then cream and tops.


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Bo said...

Oh now that's the perfect summer dessert!

Big Dude said...


smalltownoven said...

Mmm! You married the right guy if he makes this for you!!

Julie said...

Beautiful summer dessert! What a wonderful husband to make this for you!!

Lori said...

I just love biscuit-style shortcakes. Such beautiful berries!

Angie's Recipes said...

Crumble buttery biscuit and fresh berries are great together!
Your husband made it for you??? wow....very impressed.

Recipe for Delicious said...

Whipped cream with vanilla is the only kind I make. We just froze a bunch of berries, so hopefully we can have stuff like this into the winter. This looks great, Velva!

Sage said...

You have a nice guy! Love that photo! the black brings everything out plus it looks real good.

Claudia said...

Berries make my heart beat faster. Gorgeous, enticing photo - will keep this recipe handy.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful!!! Like a monument to summer berries!

The Japanese Redneck said...

What a sweet man you are married to! Looks like a great summer time treat.

Kim said...

Hooray for your husband!! I love that the biscuits use almond extract, how unique! I'd love to have one of these for breakfast right now. Looks fabulous!

TKW said...

Drop dead gorgeous. That man is a keeper.

Salsa Verde said...

Amazing and yummy recipe. I loved it!!

The Domestic Adventurer said...

How sweet! I love desserts with fresh fruit in the summer too.

bella said...

What a perfect idea for a fresh summer dessert! Thanks for preparing this for us. Roz

Anncoo said...

WOW! Beautiful and refreshing. Can't wait to try it :)

My Little Space said...

Gosh, this looks so inviting! Hope I can just grab that over. haha.... Hope you're enjoying your day.
Cheers, Kristy

Rita said...

OH YES! This looks great , my mouth is watering.
Beautiful photo.

From the Kitchen said...

Nothing says summer like berry shortcake!! I'm one of those lucky women whose husband feels comfortable in the kitchen. So nice!


Eliana said...

Gorgeous. This has summer written all over it. I love it.

Judy said...

Oh my, this looks so wonderful! Biscuits and berries, can't go wrong there.

Barbara said...

I love this old fashioned dessert, Velva. They are the best kind. Shortcakes, fruit and summer just plain go together.
That photo is sheer heaven!

Ana Powell said...

Wow, congratulations what a great husband you have.
I have a great hubby but the only thing he can cook is beans on toast :(
Lovely dessert ♥

Federica said...

wow che delizia!!!complimenti!! ciao!

Sandi said...

Just wonderful Velva.....that looks amazing!!!!!!!!

Hungry Dog said...

I just made this same recipe recently but the shortcakes turned out dry. Yours look much better! So summery and pretty.

citymouse said...

Oh. my. goodness!

This just looks lovely and so yummy. I love shortcake. I grew up in NYC and shortcake was always something served on top of pound cake. It wasn't until I moved to Maryland that I discovered biscuit-style shortcake. It's so much better!

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Mags said...

My goal now is to master the art of biscuit making so I can make this lovely concoction!

SuziCate said...

Wow, that is a pretty delight...looks so refreshing.

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Sounds wonderful. Berry shortcake is so delightful, such a sign of summer!

tasteofbeirut said...


I totally agree! Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats a good shortcake with berries and cream; only condition for me: the berries have to be delicious!

Dishesdone said...

Does that look fantastic or what? Fantastic!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Amazing! Just amazing! I love this with all of the fresh fruit.

buffalodick said...

Looks refreshing- and delicious!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Wonderful picture! This looks like a great summer dessert!

Marguerite said...

Looks divine! A man that can make this dessert is worth his weight in gold! :)

Tiffanee said...

Yum!! This looks delicious! I really want some right now!!

Mimi said...

Delicious! I love summer and all of the fresh produce we get to eat.

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Christy said...

this is just beautiful. my husband wandered by my computer as i was gawking over your recipes and said..oh yes, that would be perfect for dessert tonight, do you need a ride to the market? ha! thanks for stopping by my place the other day...i think i will have a bit more extensive look around.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

OMG. This is so gorgeous!

Chef Dennis said...

that shortcake is amazing....all those gorgeous berries! it looks so very very good...what a wonderful dessert.

Chef Fresco said...

Yum! Looks amazing. You're making me want to go out and buy some berries and make a tasty treat. :)

theUngourmet said...

Oh my gosh! This is such a gorgeous dessert! I was just looking at something similar to this in one of my cookbooks today. Now I just have to try this one. Yum!

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