Easter Recipes: Mixed Berry Shortcakes
This sensational shortcake is one of our favorite Easter recipes. The best part? When it's this easy, there's no excuse for kids not to help out! And it's so delicious, you'll want to make it again and again all spring and summer long.
- 6 cups mixed berries or thawed frozen berries (For a real Fourth of July feel, try strawberries and blueberries!)
- 4 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 4 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
- Your choice of whipped topping
- Combine the berries and granulated sugar in a medium bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- In large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, sugar, and brown sugar.
- Add the butter pieces to the dry ingredients and mash with a fork. Keep mashing the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in the milk to form a sticky, pasty dough. It should feel a little lumpy and uneven.
- Use a spoon to drop 8 mounds of dough onto a greased baking sheet.
- Bake the dough about 12 to 15 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned, and then remove from the oven to cool on a wire rack.
- Once the shortcakes are cool, use a knife to split them in two and add a scoop of the berry mixture to the bottom halves.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping to each, replace the top halves of the shortcakes, and serve. If you're feeling extra-fancy, a sprig of fresh mint is an excellent garnish.
- This Easter recipe is great for taking to a cookout or potluck. Just package the components separately and let guests fix their own shortcakes.
Instead of using a fork to combine the butter and flour, pulse for a few seconds in a food processor. Or let the kids use their fingers to grind them together. It's like Mom-sanctioned messiness! Just be sure to wash their hands before and after.
Don't just save this recipe for Easter! It's great for any of your shindigs!