Bursting with Berries Lemony Lavender Shortcakes

  • Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon crushed culinary lavender
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pats
1-1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup plus 2 T. heavy cream
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar(raw sugar)
1/3 cup good quality jarred lemon curd
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1-1/2 cup each Washington state grown red raspberries and blackberries
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. For shortcakes- Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Whisk flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt;;  whisk in lemon peel and lavender.  Cut butter in with pastry cutter until coarse crumbs form.  Gradually add butter milk tossing with fork until mixture is moistened.  Gather dough together  faltten dough on floured work surface to 3/4 inch thick round.  Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds, gather dough scraps and flatten once again into a 3/4-inch round; cut out additional rounds for a total of 8.   Transfer rounds onto prepared sheet. 
  3. In a small bowl whisk the 2 tablespoons cream with turbinado sugar, brush all over tops of shortcakes.  Place baking sheet in center of oven and bake until tops begin to brown about 25 minutes.  Cool shortcakes on wire rack.
  4. In medium bowl beat  with mixer on medium-high speed remaining 1 cup cream, lemon curd, and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. 
  5. Place raspberries and blackberries in medium bowl, drizzle lemon juice over and toss to coat.
  6. To serve split each shortcake in half horizontally, place bottom halves onto each of 8 dessert plate and divide berries on next.  Add a generous amount of whipped cream to each and add shortcake tops.

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