Boozy Red, White + Blueberry Shortcake Sliders with Mascarpone Whipped Cream.
Which means you have nothing done for the holiday that is taking place… today. Which means you’re a last minute sorta person. Which means that you will get your act together in, oh… maybe an hour or so. Which means I really love you.
Hmmmm so what do we have here?
Sky high vanilla bean biscuits.
Lightly sweetened mascarpone whipped cream.
Amaretto drenched berries.
A fresh mint sprig! For looks. You know.
And for all you crazies who enjoy a lighter dessert… without anything too rich or too sweet… because you lack a sweet tooth or some wacko business like that… well, these are for you! Seriously. Celebrate we will.
Boozy Strawberry Blueberry Vanilla Bean Shortcakes
[idea adapted from bon appetit, biscuits adapted from blue cheese biscuits]
makes about 12 cakes
2 cups chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
fresh mint for garnish
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
A few hours before making the cakes, place the berries in a bowl and add liqueur. Stir to combine, then let sit at room temperature, stirring every half hour or so.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda, and whisk until combined. Using a fork, pastry blender or your hands, add butter pieces to the flour and mix until coarse little crumbles remain. Mix egg and milk together, then pour in and stir with a spoon until just combined, not over mixing. Add in vanilla bean paste. Use your hands if needed to bring the dough together – I did.
Use a 1/3 cup measure to drop batter onto a nonstick baking sheet, or press dough on a sheet of parchment paper or cutting board into a 1-inch thick slab, then using a biscuit cutter to shape the dough into rounds. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown. Let cool completely.
Once cool, slice cakes in half and fill with mascarpone whipped cream and berries.
Mascarpone Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
4 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extact
In the bowl of your electric mixer (fitted with a whisk attachment), add heavy cream and mascarpone. Beat on medium high speed until peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Toss in sugar and vanilla, mixing until just combined. Serve immediately!
Happy 4th of Juuuuuuuuly you sparkly little firecrackers!
36 Comments on “Boozy Red, White + Blueberry Shortcake Sliders with Mascarpone Whipped Cream.”
Lovely!!! Happy 4th!
If I was exactly like you I’d be churning out delicious concoctions on demand. Alas, I live (and eat) vicariously through you. :) happy 4th!!
Sliders in dessert form = pure genius
I have a giant sweet tooth … but this “not-so sweet” dessert looks amazing! Can I just eat it with a side of chocolate? That will take care of my sweet tooth. ;)
You had me at the vanilla bean biscuits! I also love the amaretto idea.. I have an amaretto flavoured tea from Davids Tea right now and I can’t get enough of it! Happy 4th of July Jess – I hope you and Mr How Sweet have a great one!
I snorted when I read “boozy” in the title, so naturally, I love it. Happy 4th!
Sounds perfect. Where do you get this vanilla bean paste??
Oh how I wish I had this for breakfast right now…
dessert sliders – love it! especially boozy ones…
Oh boy! Yum!! I love this dessert!! Nothing like shortcake sliders with cream whip topping, fruit and booze!!! Dam!
I forgot how I used to like to drink amaretto until now. This sounds like a beautiful combination. And I LOVE how you pile on the whipped cream. That’s how it’s done around here! A happy & safe 4th to you!!
The perfect red, white and blue!!! These would make for a fabulous, amaretto-y 4th. :)
Yum! These look oh-so-refreshing. The amaretto certainly doesn’t make them any less appealing ;)
Oh my these look delicious! I hope you have a wonderful 4th of july!
These look great!! I love anything with mascarpone cheese!
Hey! Gotta have mint! It’s your vegetables! Which technically makes it healthy. So you am eat all you want!!
Oh my, this is special. I love it!
I love amaretto and amaretto sours was one of the first (underage) drinks I ever ordered in a bar…I was such a rebel, I know. Some people would do shots, I did amaretto. Lol
These look great!
you definitely caught my attention with the amaretto – amazing stuff! Are these an acceptable lunch option? :-)
Ohh, it looks perfect. I like watching those summer fruits :)
Those biscuits look pretty damn amazing. Wow!
This is gonna sound weird but I love amaretto! hahaha. That’s what stood out to me in this. These are genius…for real.
As I’m not American I don’t really understand the red/blue/white and starts&stripes kinda craziness when it comes to 4th of July cooking, but I’ve pinned this one because it looks so damn delicious :) thanks for sharing!
Whoa. So awesome!
Man, I missed this post, this is the best fourth recipe and it is calling my name!! I will save it for next year!
Mmm, cream tea. :)
strawberries or mixed berry shortcake is my favorite summertime dessert. always a biscuit. never, ever a sponge cake. Add some booze an dyou have yourself a winner!
Yumm! We make shortcake and fruit desserts in the summer a lot… but why have I never thought of soaking the fruit in some sort of boozy concoction? ;) Can’t wait to try it!
I love berry and cream desserts! I never thought of pairing it with amaretto, though. It looks like I’ll be trying that sometime soon.
This is such a fun twist on the standard trifle berry dish for the 4th of July. Love it! Wish I ate it yesterday! haha
More deliciousness for me to drool over! I’m featuring this in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s always fun to be following along with your creations…
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Aww, maaaaan. Had I been going through my Google Reader on Wednesday, I seriously might have made these because they look awesome — and I honestly cannot think of anything more wonderful than berries soaked in amaretto. Yum!
I hope you and yours had a lovely 4th and a wonderful weekend, too!
Oh. Oh, my.
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I made these tonight, and they were delicious! The vanilla paste was such a great touch!