Summer Berry Shortcakes with Vanilla Sauce

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Summer Berry Shortcakes with Vanilla Sauce

Fresh-picked raspberries and blackberries spiked with raspberry liqueur make a fabulous filling for slimmed down shortcakes.

Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 75


Berry Filling

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons framboise, or kirsch


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Sauce, (recipe follows)


  1. To make berry filling: Combine raspberries, blackberries, sugar and framboise (or kirsch) in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. To make & assemble shortcakes: Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with nonstick spray.
  3. Whisk all-purpose and cake flours, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut cream cheese into dry ingredients using a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Combine 3/4 cup buttermilk, oil and vanilla in a glass measuring cup. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir with a fork until just combined. (Dough will be slightly sticky; do not overmix.)
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pat into a 3/4-inch-thick circle. With a floured 3- or 3 1/2-inch cutter, cut out shortcakes and place on prepared baking sheet. Press dough scraps together and repeat to make 8 shortcakes.
  6. Brush shortcake tops with remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake shortcakes for 10 to 12 minutes, or until light golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  8. To serve, split shortcakes in half with a serrated knife. Set bottoms on dessert plates. Spoon on berry filling and vanilla sauce. Set tops on at an angle. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Per Serving

calories 348
fat 6 g (2 g sat, 2 g mono)
cholesterol 62 mg
carbohydrates 64 g
protein 9 g
fiber 5 g
sodium 523 mg
potassium 210 mg

Nutrition Bonus Folate (30% daily value), Vitamin C (25% dv), Calcium & Fiber (20% dv), Selenium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 4

Exchanges 4 other carbohydrate

From EatingWell July/August 1997