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Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes

Nicoletta July 17, 2020

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Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes start with homemade flaky sour cream biscuits and delicious fresh raspberries dressed with muscovado sugar and lemon juice. Add to that some voluptuous whipped cream and you have a dessert meant to impress. Want to have it for breakfast? With this recipe, you’ll make 6 biscuits, make a couple of shortcakes then freeze some biscuits and have them warmed up slathered with jam. Amazing!

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Who said that shortcakes are only made with strawberries? We tried them with raspberries and let me tell you, they were scrumptious! The important thing is to have great biscuits, fresh fruit, and a lovely whipped cream. 

 

 

Shortcakes

There is something special about summer, sunny days, fresh berries, whipped cream, and shortcakes. “Any fruit” shortcakes must be the quintessential summer dessert. Strawberry shortcakes are, of course, the most famous and loved; we have made roasted strawberry shortcakes and they were delightful. If you have never tried roasting your strawberries, you’re in for a treat. 

What about Raspberry shortcakes?

Today, we are sharing these Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes which are truly wonderful, from the homemade sour cream biscuits to the fresh raspberries and homemade whipped cream.

In short, let’s see how it’s done.

Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes

Ingredients for the biscuits

You will need:

  • flour, all-purpose
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • whipping (heavy) cream
  • lemon zest
  • salt
  • sugar

Preparation

  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cane sugar, and salt until combined. Grate the zest of half of the lemon right into the bowl (reserve the lemon for the raspberries) and whisk to combine.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Work the butter into dry ingredients by pinching with your fingers until there are lots of pea-sized bits remaining (you can also use a pastry cutter).
  • In a medium bowl (or measuring cup), combine sour cream and whipping (heavy) cream. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the cream mixture into the well.
  • With a rubber spatula, working in circles from the inside outwards, mix the dough until shaggy clumps form.
  • Knead briefly (don’t overdo it) until it forms a dough and most of the flour has been incorporated.
  1. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, pat to a 1-inch thick square -more or less-, roughly about 6×6-inches.
  2. Cut the square of dough into 4 pieces, then stack them all on top of each other, creating a tower of dough.
  3. Press down on the stack with your hand, flattening the dough again (this will create lots of flaky layers), then pat to a rectangle about 1 inch thick.
  4. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut each of those 2 rectangles into 3 squares, making 6 biscuits.
  • Next, transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with sugar. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes (this will help ensure that the shortcakes rise rather than spread out in the oven).
  • Lastly, bake the biscuits until golden brown, about 20–25 minutes.

Do you see all those layers? The biscuits are going to be buttery and flaky. My mouth is watering at the thought of adding raspberries and whipped cream and making shortcakes!

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The raspberries

Truly, I love raspberries. They are sweet, tart, and delightfully crunchy. 

  • Add to a bowl, squeeze lemon juice, add muscovado sugar (or any sugar you like) and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature, tossing occasionally as you wait for the biscuits to bake. They will naturally create a syrupy juice.

Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes-raspberries

The whipped cream

  • Pour whipping (heavy) cream into a bowl. Using a handheld mixer start mixing on low speed, add the vanilla and the sugar, then beat at high speed until you get nice soft peaks.

Now that you have all the components, it’s time to assemble the Raspberry Shortcakes.

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Assembling the shortcakes

Since there are two of us at home, we only made two shortcakes.

  • Hence, cut one biscuit in half. Place the bottom half on a serving plate. Add macerated raspberries, drizzling some of the juice, then top with whipped cream (you can switch things up as you like by adding whipped cream at the bottom and raspberries on top).

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  • Lastly, close with the top half. Here it is, a beautiful raspberry sour cream shortcake.  Similarly, repeat for the other one.

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Note

The recipe makes 6 biscuits and two shortcakes. We froze the leftover biscuits, wrapped individually in plastic wrap, and placed them into a ziplock bag. Simply defrost overnight in the fridge, place in the oven to warm up and they are as flaky and crumbly as if freshly baked. Enjoy with jam or make a breakfast sandwich (that’s exactly what we did).

Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes

Normally shortcakes are done with the sponge cakes, however, done with the biscuits gives you a texture experience that you will never forget. Those light and buttery melt in your mouth layers just soothe the palate as the freshness of the raspberries and whip cream tease your tastebuds and coax a smile to your face.

Ultimately, these Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes are summer in a mouthful.  Joyful and so bright in flavor and extremely playful in texture. Imagine these colorful little bundles gracing your picnic table on a beautiful sunny summer day. I can already see the smiles at the table!

 

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Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 shortcakes, 6 biscuits 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

Description

Raspberry Sour Cream Shortcakes are truly a wonderful summer treat, from the homemade sour cream biscuits to the fresh raspberries and homemade whipped cream.


Ingredients

Biscuits (makes 6):

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • the zest of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cane sugar
  • 118 g (1 stick) butter, cold, cubed
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream (heavy cream)

Topping (for 2-3 shortcakes)

  • 170 g raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cane sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cane sugar, and salt until combined.
  3. Then, grate the zest of half of the lemon right into the bowl (reserve the lemon for the raspberries) and stir.
  4. Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Work the butter into dry ingredients by pinching with your fingers until there are lots of pea-sized bits remaining (you can also use a pastry cutter).
  5. Next, in a medium bowl (or measuring cup), combine sour cream and whipping (heavy) cream.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the cream mixture into the well.
  7. With a rubber spatula, working in circles from the inside outwards, mix the dough until shaggy clumps form.
  8. Knead briefly (don’t overdo it) until it forms a dough and most of the flour has been incorporated.
  9. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, pat to a 1-inch thick square, roughly about 6×6-inches.
  10. Cut the square of dough into 4 pieces, then stack them all on top of each other, creating a tower of dough. Press down on the stack with your hand, flattening the dough again (this will create lots of flaky layers). Pat to a rectangle about 1 inch thick.
  11. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut each of those 2 rectangles into 3 squares, making 6 biscuits.
  12. Lastly, transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with sugar. Set the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes (this will help ensure that the shortcakes rise rather than spread out in the oven).
  13. Bake the biscuits until golden brown, about 20–25 minutes.
  14. While biscuits are in the oven, prepare the raspberries and whipped cream.
  15. Gently wash the raspberries and pat dry with a paper towel. Add to a bowl, squeeze lemon juice, add muscovado sugar (or any sugar you like) and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature, tossing occasionally as you wait for the biscuits to bake. They will naturally create a syrup through the blending of the fruit juices with the sugar and lemon juice.
  16. Pour whipping (heavy) cream into a bowl. Using a handheld mixer start mixing on low speed, add the vanilla, and the sugar, then beat at high speed until you get nice soft peaks.

Assembling 2 shortcakes:

  1. Let biscuits cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. Cut one biscuit in half. Place the bottom half on a serving plate. Add macerated raspberries then top with whipped cream (you can switch things up as you like by adding whipped cream at the bottom and raspberries on top). Cover with the top half. Repeat for the other shortcake.
  3. Freeze leftover biscuits or make more shortcakes, doubling the topping ingredients.

Notes

The recipe makes 6 biscuits and two shortcakes. We froze the leftover biscuits, wrapped individually in plastic wrap, and placed them into a ziplock bag. Simply defrost overnight in the fridge, place in the oven to warm up and they are as flaky and crumbly as if freshly baked. Enjoy with jam or make a breakfast sandwich (that’s how we enjoyed them).

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15 Comments

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    Reply Amanda July 20, 2020 at 10:58 am

    What a fun twist on your typical shortcake recipe! I made these over the weekend, and they were the perfect summer treat.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 23, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Thank you! The biscuits are amazing, with the raspberries and whipped cream, a wonderful combination!

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    Reply Gloria July 20, 2020 at 11:47 am

    OMG my mouth is watering. This is my kind of dessert/treat. These are perfect for bbq parties….but seriously I would eat this for breakfast.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 23, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Thank you, Gloria! They would work really well at a bbq party! But also at breakfast 😉 .

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    Reply Bernice Hill July 20, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Yum!! I love shortcakes no matter what fruit is used. I bet raspberry pairs really nicely with the whipped cream too. I’ll pass this recipe along to Shaun because he’s the brunch king around here!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 23, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Thanks, Bernice! Yes, the tartness of raspberries is perfect to tone down the sweetness. It is a fresh summery dessert.

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    Reply Kathryn Donangelo July 21, 2020 at 7:58 am

    These shortcakes are so perfect! I usually use strawberries but the raspberries were even better! Thanks!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 23, 2020 at 11:29 am

      Hi Kathryn, you can’t go wrong either with strawberries and raspberries when those fabulous sour cream biscuits are involved 😉 .

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    Reply Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer July 21, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I am legit drooling over these right now! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that you used raspberries than strawberries! These are going on the menu next week for dessert!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 23, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Thanks! Hope you love them! The biscuits are insanely good and the raspberries were a perfect choice!

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    Reply Marisa F. Stewart July 26, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I tried your biscuit recipe and it was perfect with our strawberries. I didn’t have the raspberries but I’ll use those next time. Right now our strawberries are plentiful in the stores. This recipe is certainly a keeper.

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    Reply Debbie July 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I had a tub of raspberries from the farmers market and knew I had to try your Sour Cream Short cakes. I adored your biscuit and this twist on shortcakes was a hit at my house. Simple ingredients sometimes make the best recipes.

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    Reply Jenny July 26, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    These biscuits are fantastic! Came out so good, we had none left over! Thanks so much for the lovely recipe.

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    Reply Jo July 27, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Raspberry and sour cream is perfect match. I love how delicious those short cakes looks.

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    Reply Misty Eilar July 27, 2020 at 7:36 am

    My dad would have loved this dessert. Such a great recipe and the biscuit is my favorite part.

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