Blueberry and Cream Shortcakes
- 5 cups fresh blueberries, divided
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 2-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2-1/2 tablespoons Crème de cassis (optional)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 cups flour
- 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick butter, chilled, cut into pieces
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1-3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
- Powdered sugar, as needed
In a non-reactive saucepan combine 3 cups blueberries with 3 tablespoons sugar, lemon juice, and crème de cassis (if using). Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the berries pop and release their juices, 3 to 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water; stir into the simmering blueberry mixture. Simmer and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Add remaining blueberries. Cool and refrigerate until ready to use, up to two days.
Preheat oven to 425 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Pulse in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl combine the egg, buttermilk, and 1/4 cup cream; pulse into the dry ingredients to form a moist dough; add additional cream if needed. On a lightly floured surface, gently knead several times. Roll the dough out approximately 3/4-inch thick and cut into 8 to 10 rounds, each 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Place the shortcakes on the prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 15 minutes. In a chilled bowl, with a chilled whip, beat 1-1/2 cups cream until lightly thickened. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar and beat until medium soft peaks form. Chill until ready to use.
To serve: With a serrated knife, split the warm shortcakes. Set the bottoms on individual serving plates. Divide the blueberry compote among the shortcakes, allowing some to run off each shortcake onto the plate. Top the compote with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Cap with the top half of the shortcake. Sprinkle the plate and the top of the shortcake with powdered sugar and serve.