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Old Glory Shortcake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients

for the berry syrup

  • 1/2 pint strawberries - sliced
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 pint black raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

for the biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder - try to use one without aluminum - your biscuits will taste much better, trust me!
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter - cut into small cubes (if you only have salted butter, reduce the added salt to 3/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 cup buttermilk

for the whipped cream

  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place berries in a bowl, add sugar and stir. Crush some berries with a fork, if desired. Set aside for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add flour and other dry ingredients to food processor bowl. Cover and pulse once to combine.
  4. Add cubed butter to food processor and pulse 15 times. The butter should all be about the size of small peas, and the dough should feel like cornmeal.
  5. Transfer dough to large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk and mix with a fork until the ingredients are just combined.
  6. Turn dough out onto floured work surface.
  7. Gently press dough with hands into a 1 inch thick disk.
  8. Fold dough twice and gently press into a disk 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Cut biscuits with biscuit cutter, recombining scraps as necessary.
  10. Place biscuits on baking sheet. Keep the biscuits separated for crispy sides or touching for softer sides.
  11. Bake for ten minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  12. Transfer biscuits to wire rack until cool or still warm, if desired.
  13. While biscuits cool, make the whipped cream.
  14. Add cold cream to a mixing bowl.
  15. Add sugar and vanilla.
  16. Beat on high until desired thickness.
  17. Pull apart or cut each biscuit in half.
  18. Place one half on a plate and top with a spoonful of berries then a spoonful of whipped cream.
  19. Add top half and top with another spoonful of berries and spoonful of whipped cream.