Chocolate Berry Shortcakes

This recipe is from an English girl I worked with some years ago and she was a wonderful cook.  These large shortcakes can be formed into 8 smaller shortcakes if desired as they make a large biscuit, quite enough for 2 if you want to fix one and share. It is wonderful with raspberries, strawberries, or a mix of your choosing.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and prepare cookie sheets with parchment or lightly grease the pan.

4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c all purpose flour
4 T granulated sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
4 T cold butter cut into dice size pieces
8 T heavy cream
 3 c berries
4 T sugar or to taste
2 T Framboise, or to taste optional
2/3 c well chilled cream
powdered sugar to sprinkle shortcakes if desired

Make the shortcakes:  Into a bowl sift together the first 5 ingredients.  Add the butter and blend with a pastry cutter or fork until it resembles coarse meal.  Add the cream and stir with a fork until it forms a dough.  Divide the dough into fourths and arrange each portion into a mound on the baking sheet.  Bake in the center of the oven for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on rack.

In a medium non-reactive bowl mash half the berries, add sugar and Framboise and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the remaining berries.  In another bowl beat the cream until it holds soft peaks.
Top the biscuit with berries and the berries with cream to you liking.


Anonymous said...

What is framboise?

lily said...

A type of liqueur which is a sweet flavored alcoholic liquor.