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Mixed Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Recipe

Mixed Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream
Difficulty: Medium | Total Time: 50 mins | Active Time: | Makes: 6 servings

We anticipate sweet summer fruit all year long, so as soon as it arrives we celebrate by baking up a few shortcakes, stuffing them with fruit goodness, and topping it all with freshly whipped cream. Long live summer!

Game plan: The dough for the shortcakes is slightly dry and crumbly; resist the temptation to overmix it to get it to come together. Just pack the dough lightly until it forms a circle and gently shape it with a rolling pin.

INGREDIENTS
  • 6 cups assorted berries (such as boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries), rinsed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), frozen
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place a large, clean metal or glass bowl and a clean whisk in the freezer while you prepare the fruit and shortcakes. Combine berries and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl. Let sit until sugar dissolves and berries release some juice, at least 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a large bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Grate the butter on the large holes of a box grater and add to the flour mixture along with 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon of the cream. Mix briefly with your hands or a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together, about 1 minute. (The dough will be dry and slightly crumbly.)
  3. Turn dough out onto a dry, clean surface and pat into a circle. Using a rolling pin, shape dough to about 3/4-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, stamp out as many shortcakes as possible. Reroll and stamp dough until you have a total of 6 shortcakes.
  4. Place shortcakes on a baking sheet and bake until they are puffed and the tops are golden and flecked with brown, about 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, combine vanilla, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and remaining cream in the chilled bowl and whisk with the chilled whisk until thick and fluffy and medium peaks have formed, about 3 minutes.
  6. Split a shortcake in half horizontally and set the bottom half on a serving plate. Scatter berries over the shortcake and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Close with remaining shortcake half and serve. Repeat to make 6 servings.

Beverage pairing: Chateau Doisy-Védrines Sauternes, France. Sauternes combines multiple fruit flavors with honey, spice, mineral, and herb notes, bringing lovely complexity to this fresh, bright dessert. The wine has some viscosity and a whiff of alcohol, so serve it well chilled.