Nourish Jun 24, 2015
This recipe is a mixed-berry version of a summer favorite: strawberry shortcake. Simple tweaks make it better-for-you and add delightful taste dimension.
The tender-inside, crisp-outside biscuits are made with a blend of whole-grain and all-purpose flours, and with oil instead of butter. Topping the berries is a blend of lightly sweetened, vanilla-scented whipped cream and Greek yogurt; the latter adds a pleasant hint of tartness.
Make Ahead: The honeyed berries need to rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
Tested size: 8 servings
- For the berries and topping
- 1 pound mixed berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- For the biscuits
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or regular whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
- 1/4 cup canola or other neutral-tasting oil
For the berries and topping: Wash the berries and hull any strawberries. Halve or quarter any large berries, then place the berries in a large bowl. Drizzle with the honey, then toss to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve, for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
Pour the cream into the bowl of a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer; beat on medium-high speed until thickened, then add the confectioners' sugar; continue beating until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the yogurt and vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 1 day in advance).
For the biscuits: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Let the berries come to room temperature.
Whisk together the flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk and oil in a separate medium bowl.
Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened; do not over-mix. Drop the batter in 8 mounds (about 3 tablespoons each) onto the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let the biscuits cool slightly.
To serve, use a serrated knife to gently cut the biscuits in half horizontally. Place each bottom half on a plate, top each with about 1/3 cup of the berries and their accumulated juices, and a dollop of whipped topping. Cap with the top halves of the biscuits and serve.
From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.
Tested by Claudia Kilmer.