Blueberry Baby Shortcakes

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes

  • ¾ cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon melted butter

Ingredients for toppings:

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen wild blueberries

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream



Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Put the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  3. Using a large fork or pastry blender, drop the butter into the flour and blend until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Pour the buttermilk over the flour and stir until most of the flour is incorporated. Gather the dough into a ball and dump onto a floured work surface, turning it to lightly coat with flour. Pat or lightly roll out the dough so that it’s about ½-inch thick. Cut out circles with a 2-inch round biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass – you should get about 12. Transfer the circles to a parchment lined baking sheet; brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, or until the shortcakes are golden brown on top.
  5. While the shortcakes are baking, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, lemon juice and zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the blueberries and cook for a few minutes, just until the berries release some juice but still hold their shape.
  6. Whip the cream with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. For each serving, put a shortcake on a plate with some berries and cream and top with a second shortcake.

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