Red, White and Blueberry Shortcake—Perfect for the 4th of July

Red, White and Blueberry Shortcake—Perfect for the 4th of July

This recipe makes 4 large or 6 small strawberry, cream, and blueberry shortcakes.  Berry-Shortcake-20150615-02g2

By whipping mascarpone cheese with the whipping cream, it will hold up longer and have a wonderful creamy texture.  If you don’t have mascarpone, you can also substitute softened cream cheese.

Shortcut:  If you don’t have time to make the shortcake, you can use store-bought pound cake or sponge cake. 

Shortcake
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus additional butter for the pan
1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces (if you don’t want to use shortening, substitute 1 Tbsp. butter, for a total of 3 Tbsp. butter)
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
Cream for brushing the tops of the shortcakes
 Sanding, or shimmering, sugar to sprinkle on top

Mascarpone Whipped Cream
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup (4 oz.) marscapone cheese
4 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Fruit Filling
1 qt. strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 pint blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier (optional)

Instructions

Fruit Filling

  • Combine the strawberries, blueberries, sugar, and Grand Marnier (optional) in a bowl.  Stir gently to combine.
  • Refrigerate the fruit until ready to use. 

Shortcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Butter the bottom of a baking pan (e.g., a pie pan or 8 inch to 9 inch square pan)
  • Place 1 cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a food processor.  Pulse to combine. 
  • Add 2 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening (or 3 Tbsp. butter) to the food processor.  Pulse a few times (8-12 short pulses) to create a coarse mixture.
  • With the food processor running, slowly add the buttermilk.  Once the buttermilk is added, the mixture will be ready.  Do not over mix.  The dough will be fairly wet.
  • Transfer spoonfuls of dough from the food processor directly onto the buttered pan leaving small gaps (about 1/2 inch) between the shortcakes.  This recipe will make 4 large or 6 small shortcakes. 
  • Brush the tops of the shortcakes with cream.  Then sprinkle them with sanding sugar.
  • Bake the shortcakes for 14-18 minutes, until golden brown.   When the shortcakes bake, they will rise together and end up touching. 
  • Let the shortcakes cool.  Then using a serrated knife slice them in half horizontally.

Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream, mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Using an electric mixer, mix the cream mixture until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Cover and refrigerate the whipped cream until ready to use.

Assembling the Shortcakes

  • Place the bottom half of a shortcake on a plate.
  • Top it with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Spoon some of the fruit mixture over the cream.
  • Top the fruit with another dollop of whipped cream and then another spoonful of fruit.
  • Place the top half of the shortcake on top. 

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