Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fresh Berry Shortcakes - by Summer

I am a little sad that this is my last recipe until after our break.  It's been lots of fun baking all these tasty berry desserts lately.  The warm weather streak continues in Minnesota, but I was determined to make these today.  All week I have been wanting something sweet to eat at night and I was worried our berries would go bad or be eaten before having a chance to make this!  You will see my berry mixture is heavy on the blueberries because the strawberries and raspberries were nearly all eaten up already!!!

My favorite bowl
Pre-baked biscuits
The biscuits were super easy to make.  I actually went out and bought a biscuit cutter.  I have been wanting one for a while and it was a good excuse.  The dough came together really nice, but when it came to patting it out into a disk, I had a little trouble.  I think it was closer to 1/4 inch thick rather than 1/2 inch thick.  I ended up with 11 biscuits instead of 8.  As a result, they didn't quite rise as much while baking.  But don't you worry, they are still plenty tasty.

Because I had so many extras, I was trying to figure out what to do with everything.  While I was washing the dishes this evening, I glanced out my window and saw my neighbor across the street sitting on his front porch.  I immediately put a berry shortcake together and ran it over for him for dessert!  It's the perfect summer night to sit out on the front porch and enjoy some tasty berry shortcake!

This was a great dessert.   I really liked the flavor of the biscuits.  I will definitely make these again.  This would be great for when you have friends over because you can make everything ahead of time and then everyone can assemble their own to their liking - some people might want lots of whipping cream, while others might load up on berries.  Or if you are my husband, you'll load up on both!

I still plan on baking while on our break.  I like my desserts!  But I, of course, will refrain from You Made That for Dessert and instead pull out some of the other dessert cookbooks that have been collecting dust on my shelf this year.  I actually have quite a few, but I haven't even looked at them since we started this project.  But I feel like my confidence is building, so I hope to make a few new things during our time off.