I made these shortcakes over a month ago for the Fourth of July. They’re pretty patriotic-looking, aren’t they? They just scream “USA!” to me, which I suppose is perfect since we’re all watching the Olympics right now. Everyone loves strawberry shortcakes, so I figured, why not do the same thing with blueberries, which, in my opinion, are a superior fruit (sorry strawberries). Blueberries are wonderful in New York in the summer, and I love walking to work in the mornings, passing through the Union Square Greenmarket, and smelling all of the berries being warmed by the sun. I know that is literally the most twee sentence I could possibly write, but it’s true. The hot, humid, muggy summer air in NYC lends itself to only one good thing, and that’s trapping the scent of ripening summer berries. It really saves my soul after I get out of the awful, crowded subway.
I still have a few random photos from our California trip last month.
These shortcakes were, for lack of a better term, the shit. They were awesome. This is everything I want in a dessert: something flaky and buttery, something light and airy to cut through the richness of the aforementioned buttery thing, and fruit (lots of fruit). This was like the best deconstructed pie you could possibly imagine. I love peeled layers of these biscuits apart and topping each bit with a little whipped cream and a couple of juicy berries, enjoying each bite slowly because I know I probably shouldn’t go back for seconds (though I just might do that, anyway). I brought these to a barbecue to share with friends and they were all super into building their own shortcakes to eat. I used my favorite biscuit recipe this time around, but I do certainly hold a special place in my heart for those sweet, spongy packages shortcakes that you can buy at the store. My mom always bought them in the summer, and as kids, we’d fill them with sliced strawberries and Cool Whip. It was one of the best things ever, and I always waited just a little bit so the cakes would get a tiny bit soggy from the fruit before digging in. I recommend doing the same with these.