Sunday, May 15, 2011

Very Berry Shortcake

Blogger had some issues last week and my post for Very Berry Shortcake was only online for about 20 min so I'm reposting. Enjoy. : )
So I'm going to stick with my theme of begging the Summer to come out and play. While I wait, (impatiently I might add) how about some shortcake?  A very berry shortcake with fresh blueberries, strawberries, & rasberries, a fresh fruit drizzle and some berry whipped cream.  It's berrymania!

I used Bisquick to make the actual shortcakes, I love Bisquick Shortcakes! By all means use your favorite shortcake recipe but in a pinch these will do the trick I promise.

For a little extra berry flavor I cooked up berry sauce to drizzle over the fresh fruit and whipped cream.  The berry sauce can also be added to fresh whipped cream to give it some extra berry flavor.

I'm thinking that Very Berry Shortcake is ready for Summer too!

Very Berry Shortcake
Makes 12 Shortcakes
Approx. 1 1/2 C. Berry Sauce


Berry Sauce
1 lb. bag of frozen mixed berries
1/2 C. Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon
Zest of 1 Lemon
1/2 C. Water

Shortcakes

4 2/3 C. Original Bisquick Mix
1 C. Milk
6 Tbsp Sugar
1 Stick of Butter, melted
1-2 Tbsp Sugar to stop Shortcakes (optional)
1 Pint Whipping cream
2-3 Tbsp Confectioners Sugar

To make the Berry sauce*:
Add the mixed berries to a sauce pan with water, sugar, lemon juice & lemon zest. Bring to a boil. One the mix begins to boil remove from heat and blend (with a hand mixer, food processor or blender)

*If you like berry seeds keep them in the sauce.  If you want a smooth berry mix work the berry mix through a fine stainer or a cheesecloth. Collect the smooth berry sauce in a bowl and set aside to cool. This is extra work but if you want a smooth berry sauce it's necessary.

To make the shortcakes:
Melt 1 stick of butter and add to a bowl with Bisquick Mix, milk & sugar.  Mix until ingredients are incorporated.  Scoop onto a lined baking sheet (Silpat or parchment)  Sprinkle tops of shortcakes with sugar and pop into a 425 degree oven for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Rinse and prep your berries. Set aside.

Using a whip attachment of a stand mixer or a hand mixer beat 1 pint of cold whipping cream and 2-3 Tbsp of confectioners sugar until the whipped cream comes together.  Don't over mix cream or it will turn into butter (at least that is what my mom always told me!)

If you want to make berry whipped cream fold in 2 Tbsp of cold berry sauce into the whipped cream until incorporated.

Assemble shortcakes how ever you wish.  I'm a shortcake, whipped cream, fresh berries and berry sauce kind of gal.  Get creative and enjoy!


Ready to make the Berry Sauce.
Seeds. No you see them.....
Now you don't!
Any leftover sauce can be used to drizzle over oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream.....
Only 4 ingredients to make yummy shortcakes.
Shortcakes ready for the oven......
12-14 Minutes later.  Golden brown tasty shortcakes.
Fresh Rasberries....
Blueberries....
& Strawberries.
As you can see there is no picture of the whipping cream. I had some hungry customers waiting for shortcake and had to make the whipped cream really fast.
Ta da! The perfect treat, cakey, creamy, tangy, sweet & fresh. Yum



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