Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mixed Summer Berry Shortcakes

Summer might have officially started on the day of the solstice, but to me it starts on the day, when the first truly summery dessert is being imagined and created. It usually means some yummy mixed berries, zesty lemon juice, beautiful aroma of fresh mint and lots...lots of ice cream. Imagine all of it sandwiched between buttery, flaky sliced biscuits....that's how the Summer should start! Don't you think??? I simply loooove this version of a classic strawberry shortcake, where the biscuits are spiced with ground nutmeg and the berries are fancied up with mint. This recipe is loosely based on the one I found in an old issue of "Self,Dishes", a healthy cooking magazine, and even though it barely resembles original version, it still tricks me into thinking, that I can eat two instead of one....with no guilt!



ingredients for the berry mixture:
1lb of strawberries, halved
6oz blackberries
6oz of blueberries
2 Tbs fresh mint, chopped, save some smaller leaves for garnish
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbs of lemon juice



In a large bowl combine all the berries, add lemon juice, sugar and mint. Mix well, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.



ingredients for the shortcakes:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 stick (1/4c) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk(well shaken)
1 tablespoon buttermilk for brushing the biscuits



directions:
Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl twice sift all of the dry ingredients, mix it well and add chilled butter. With your fingers blend the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Add the buttermilk and mix just until combined. It will be very moist and sticky.



On a lightly floured surface, gently roll the dough with rolling pin to 1/2 inch thickness. With floured cookie cutter, cut out 6 biscuits. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet. Brush the tops with buttermilk.



Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 12 to 15min. Until lightly golden. Cool to room temperature, before serving.

to serve:



Half the shortcakes, place the bottom part on the plate, drizzle with some berry juice if you like, top it with big scoop of vanilla ice cream, add the berry mixture and cover with top part of the biscuit.



I usually like to wait a moment before I eat it, just until the ice cream melts slightly and softens the shortcake, but you go ahead and indulge, it really tastes like Summer!
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37 comments:

  1. Beautifully done! I just had shortbread, whip cream, and strawberries yesterday. This looks like another good one to try!

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  2. oh my goodness!! You made your own labels for ice cream and baking soda? that is adorable. and so are the little shortcakes :)

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  3. wow - so simple yet so beautiful - love the ice cream carton!

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  4. As if the title didn't have me... you and your fabulous pictures did! So beautiful!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  5. You have attention for detail my dear. Those labels and everything, perfect! But most of all, this looks delicious. We are celebrating our youngest daughter's birthday this weekend. This is great inspiration. XX

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  6. I agree details on your photos are beautiful all those spoons, ice-cream carton, soda box etc. You are not only fantastic cook but also great photographer! I like this blog very much :-)

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  7. How adorable. Everything from the recipe to the labels. This would make one want to bake and eat vs work out (like one should) :)

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  8. This is my all time favorite dessert! I'm inspired for my weekend!! Beautiful pics (again)!

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  9. There are those blackberries:)
    Berry shortcake has always been one of my favorites as well. Strangely I have never tried it with ice cream.... how could I have missed out on such deliciousness?
    Thanks M for another beautiful recipe.

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  10. This is so so gorgeous, and I love how you made your own labels for the ice cream! Clever :)

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  11. these photos are so lovely! i want to eat my screen!

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  12. Thank you guys!!!
    I'm so happy you're liking this!
    cheers :)

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  13. Absolutely beautiful...this is exactly what I want to be eating right now! Sadly have already eaten- so frustrating that we only get three meals a day!

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  14. Love everything about this post! So summery and cheerful, and great action shots. Beautiful space you have, too

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  15. This is beautiful! A perfect dessert for summer, those berries are amazing. I'm really enjoying your blog...

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  16. yum!! this looks so good. I LOVE the photos too..

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  17. Oh gorgeous! I'd love one of those lovely shortcakes with berries. Your shots are splendid!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  18. I do not know what I love the most: the beautiful berries, the delicious shortcakes or the pretty packages you have for ice cream and baking soda! :)

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  19. Umm...hello! I want personalized packages for my ice cream and baking soda too! So freakin' cute. And this recipe looks beautiful. Mixed berry shortcakes look so much more interesting than the ubiquitous strawberry shortcakes I've been seeing lately. Love!

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  20. thank you, I guess I was playing Martha Stewart for the day ;)

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  21. what a perfect summer shortcake! the fruit looks so very fresh and delicious...

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  22. i adore those shots of the sugar being poured. so gorgeous!

    xo Alison

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  23. How beautiful are those? fresh berries are always delightful with those types of cookies, a great combo!

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  24. Those are stunning, almost as pretty as the pictures themselves. Please email me and we can arrange when I can come for tea and shortcakes :D
    *kisses* HH

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  25. looks heavenly!!! berries and shortcake never get old when there are fresh berries to be had.
    my husband will be excited (if he hasn't seen it already) to see the pimms cup post below too!

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  26. I love that you did the shortcakes with ice cream instead of whipped cream. Mmm, summer berries!

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  27. Esi, I think they're more refreshing when served with ice cream :)

    Cocina Savant, I never get tired of it, especially that it's so quick and simple :)

    HH, anytime :)

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  28. Oh my, the first photograph is so so beautiful!

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  29. Nutmeg in the biscuits and mint in the fruit are great touches. Summer isn't summer without berry shortcakes!

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  30. Wow, I love the elegance of your labeling- simple, fresh, beautiful... nicely done. Those berries look great in that white bowl with the brightness of the lemon yellow and the stand-out sprig of green!

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  31. Yup, like others have said, your use of props is great! Loving these photos, they look very summery!

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  32. your styling and photography ALWAYS leave me breathless!!! How wonderful.
    Amelia (www.ztastylife.com)

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  33. Your step by step instructions and photographes are wonderful!

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  34. Fantastic! This is one of my all-time favorite desserts - so I really appreciate the recipe. My mouth is actually watering. The vanilla bean ice cream is a great idea. I know there have been lots of comments - but your photography IS amazing plus the label touches - I'm a graphic designer so it warms my heart.

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