Buttermilk Biscuits for Summer Berry Shortcake

19 06 2010
This is the recipe I used for my summer berry shortcakes. I macerated the berries in the Blackberry and Blueberry Balsamic Spiced Syrup and put them atop these biscuits. Then I topped that with mascarpone mixed with EVOO Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar.

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

6 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In the food processor, put the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pulse to mix together. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the processor. Pulse until the the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. In a bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add more buttermilk if necessary to moisten the dough.

Pad out the dough on a floured surface and cut into circles the size of the biscuits you desire. Put out on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the biscuits from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool.

Split in half and serve either with mixed berries or jam and whipped cream like a scone.


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