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Perfect Berry Shortcakes Recipe

Perfect Berry Shortcakes

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"You don't need a food processor, pastry cutter, rolling pin or cookie cutter to make these sweet biscuits. This shortcake recipe I've developed yields a simple, foolproof biscuit that's crisp yet delicate."

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  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 425 degrees. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and 3 Tbs. sugar in a medium bowl. Grate 2 Tbs. of the butter on the coarse holes of a box grater into dry ingredients; toss to coat. Repeat grating and tossing with remaining butter. Combine egg and half-and-half; pour into flour mixture. Toss with a fork to form large clumps. Lightly press clumps into a ball; add a teaspoon more half-and-half to the bowl if dough won't come together.
  2. Turn dough onto work surface; press into an 8-by-4- to 5-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 squares, placing them 1 inch apart on a small baking sheet. (Can be refrigerated up to 2 hours before baking.) Before baking, brush tops with optional egg white for a particularly attractive sheen. Sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbs. sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool until warm, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Mix thawed and fresh berries with sugar in a bowl; let stand until sugar dissolves. With a hand mixer, beat cream to soft peaks, gradually adding 1 Tb. sugar, then vanilla.
  4. Split each cake crosswise; spoon a portion of berries over each cake bottom, then a dollop of whipped cream over berries. Cap with cake top and serve immediately.
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  • Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 16, 2008

I have never grated butter before, but it was a good idea for this recipe. These turned out so good my husband doesn't usually like sweets but he raved over this. I didn't use frozen berries, just fresh and by the time they sat in sugar they had made a really nice juice on their own. I served this with Easy Whipped Cream from this site and it was one of the best desserts I've made. Update: I made this a second time for the fouth of July and doubled the recipe. Make sure to freeze the butter before grating. I tried it both ways and it is much easier to grate the butter when it is frozen. It took a lot less time and it was a lot less messy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 27, 2005

really good, but kinda dry and don't roll the dough just squish the dough in to balls.

Apr 25, 2005

Oh. My. God. This is the best shortcake I have EVER tasted!!! I didn't follow the berry instructions (I just used fresh strawberries with sugar & topped w/ whipped cream), just the biscuit instructions. A couple minor changes: I didn't have 1/2 and 1/2 so I used 2% milk - it worked perfectly. I didn't freeze the butter, but I did used very cold butter. Loved the grating technique. I also added to the recipe a bit of vanilla extract and about a scant 1/2 tsp of ground cardamom. I had never tried the cardamom before but had seen it in other shortcake recipes. Wow, was it ever a great addition. Anyway, this was soooo yummy. I will never look for a shortcake recipe again. One other thing - use cooking spray on the baking sheet. Thanks for a great recipe!

Oct 04, 2005

I only used the shortcake part of this recipe and they were so good! I just dropped the dough in little flattened balls to save time. The egg white and sugar were a really nice touch too. Sprinkling two tablespoons of sugar over six cakes felt like a lot of sugar, but it wasn't at all once they were baked. I served it with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Yum!

Jun 25, 2005

This is the best shortcake ever! I followed the shortcake recipe exactly, but improvised on the berries. I omitted the frozen berries and used fresh raspberries, marion berries and strawberries- a pint each with 2T sugar stirred in. The shortcake is so tender and wonderful. I was so proud to serve this to my husband. It would be perfect for guests. Totally a keeper!

Sep 22, 2005

This recipe is exactly what I've been looking for to make great strawberry shortcake! I only used a fork to cut in the butter and the butter was not frozen -- just used it straight from the refrigerator. I also just molded 6 rounded "patties" and baked on the baking sheet and they were perfect! Thank you for such a great and easy recipe.

Sep 18, 2005

Wow! These are so good! I loved the tip of freezing and grating the butter. I thought about skipping that, but am so glad I didn't. It works amazingly well and I've since used that trick with other recipes. Sugar sprinkled on top makes them good enough to eat without the berries (which my husband doesn't like). This recipe got raves at my house and from my company. Thanks!!!!

May 13, 2005

I followed this recipe exactly and it is AMAZING! I did sift together the dry ingredients, but that's just my preference. Also, instead of placing the dough into a loaf pan and cutting into squares, I just made 6 large hand shaped biscuits. Cook time was the same. This recipe was soooo easy and fast. Definitely recommend the egg wash with sugar sprinkled on top...yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 669 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 85.6 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol
  • 133 mg
  • 44%
  • Fat
  • 34 g
  • 52%
  • Fiber
  • 8.2 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 8.6 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 592 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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