5.10.2010

Lemon shortcakes with mixed berries

Did you all have a nice Mother's Day? I hope so. Mine was very nice. My daughter made me a card that said Happy Mother's Day in Chinese and drew me a lovely flower picture. My son painted me a card with water colors and made me a beautiful purple soap with roses on it. Handmade gifts are the best kind!

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We went to my husband's parents house to celebrate Mother's Day as well as my Mother-in-Law's birthday.

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I was thinking of bringing a fruit salad over but then I remembered this shortcake recipe. I haven't made these since last summer.

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I just love the pop of lemon and the crunch of raw sugar sprinkled over the top.

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You can, of course, use any mix of berries you like. I thought the strawberries and blackberries were a nice combination.

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This window is hanging on my in-laws fence. I always love photos of doors and windows for some reason. Hmm. What does this mean? ;)


Lemon Shortcakes with Mixed Berries
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Serves about 8

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1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup half and half
2 tsp, lemon zest (I forgot this but trust me, you will want to include it.)
1 tsp lemon extract
1 egg white, slightly beaten
raw sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until it resembles large crumbs. In a smaller bowl combine the first egg, half and half, lemon zest and lemon extract. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Turn dough out onto a well floured board and roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a glass or biscuit cutter, cut out approximately 8 shortcakes. Place onto a baking sheet. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.

Serve with your choice of berries and fresh whipping cream.

Note: I tossed my berries with a little confectioners' sugar and some lemon juice.

Have a fabulous week!

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30 comments:

Joanne said...

I'm so glad you had a nice mother's day! You deserve it. That shortcake looks like the perfect dessert to bring - light, fresh, and delicious! Now about those windows and doors...I'm not sure WHAT Freud would say about those. Penis envy, no doubt.

Krista said...

Absolutely perfect! I have to try this in place of my favorite shortcake recipe. I know that I'd adore this.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Shortcakes are my all-time favorite summer dessert...thanks for reminding me! It's about that time!

Kate said...

Yum....these look wonderful! I like the idea of using a lemon shortbread.

Grapefruit said...

Lovely! Such a great idea to use lemon in the shortbread. I have to make some for a baking challenge soon & will remember to add in some lemon. Thanks for the inspiration!

Holly said...

Yum! Love shortcake and lemon~ yours looks divine:)
We spent mothers day with the in laws too and my mils bday is around Mothers day so we celebrate them together;)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Mmmm... what a lovely treat, it looks so summery and delicious.
*kisses* HH

sophia said...

I'm late...but HAPPY MOTHER'S DAy! How sweet of your children! I'm sure they appreciate and love you very, very much! Esp since you whip out such gorgeous desserts like that!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Looks so yummy - and I'm thinking topping the berries with some lemon curd would be yummy too!

Bellini Valli said...

Homemade gifts from our kids are always the best. As I sit here at my desk I have two items made by my own daughter to remind me of the little girl who is now a woman. My daughter also loves strawberry shortcake.

Heidi said...

I had a nice mothers day too! What a great sounding recipe. YUMMY :)

Robyn said...

I too am a little obsessed with pictures of doors and windows, and brambles and fences... Perhaps it means we are seeking something? Hm, enough of that. I'm sure that gorgeous shortbread recipe was went perfectly with a gorgeous Mother's Day.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

It looks like you had a fabulous Mothers day. The gifts from your children were very sophisticated. They must be quite talented.

Shortcake makes me think of summer, which I can't wait for. I love your lemon shortcakes, but I'm fond of lemon in just about everything.
Sam

Taylor said...

What a great summer dessert!

Jeannie said...

Such thoughtful children you have! and those lemon short cakes looks to die for! Lovely photos!

5 Star Foodie said...

The lemony shortcakes sound wonderful and so good with berries!

Chef E said...

Maybe it means you can look into the future- please look into mine and tell me what the heck I am making for dinner :)

A group of us were just talking about how we ate strawberry short cake growing up, on those 'fake' indented sponge cakes...why did our mom's not make these wonderful cakes like yours??? My mom was the baker, but I guess she got lazy now and then, like we all do...

Randi Troxell said...

oh my... these look amazing!!!

but then again.. everything you MAKE looks wonderful...

teresa said...

what a lovely dessert! i especially like that you used lemon, that's my favorite way to enjoy strawberry shortcake too. so glad you had a happy mom's day!

TKW said...

That's funny! I love doors and windows, too. When we went to Greece, I took a TON of pictures of windows and doors, which completely baffled my husband.

Lemon+shortcake=Heaven!

pigpigscorner said...

Great to hear that you had a nice Mother's Day! The shortcake looks so good with all the berries!

Juliana said...

Kim, those are the flavors that I love, lemon and berries...look absolutely delicious...perfect for the Spring :-)

Faith said...

Your Mother's Day sounds like it was perfect! Your kiddies are so sweet.

Your shortcake looks incredible...the sugar on top is the perfect touch!

Jenn said...

Belated Mother's day to you!!

Gloria said...

Im glad you had a lovely Mon's day, and I think your daugther is lovely.
These shortcakes look really awesome and delicious! gloria

Mary said...

Your shortcake looks really wonderful. It is one of the many blessings of summer. The addition of lemon makes it really special. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings...Mary

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a great shortcake recipe - love the healthy whole wheat flour in them! Such a nice treat for Mother's Day. Glad you had a nice one!

clearlytangled said...

glad you had a nice mother's day.
these look scrumptious. i really have to stop looking at your blog before bed... makes me SO hungry.

although... it seems like i'm always hungry. hm.

Kathleen said...

This sounds like an incredible shortcake. Yum!

Sophie said...

These shortcakes look so lovely & wonderful!!

Very cool pictures too!

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