Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes

July 4, 2017 By Cathy — 4 Comments
All hail the queen of summer desserts! Classic strawberry shortcake is 4th of July ready with the addition of plump blueberries and a little zing from balsamic vinegar and herbs.

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake

Happy 4th of July! I just realized that two of my favorite holidays are numerical: the 4th of July and Cinco de Mayo. They have more in common than numbers though, they are two days associated with pure joy and celebration. C’mon…fireworks, good food and festive cocktails? Is it any surprise they’re my favorites?

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake


Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake

Because the 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, it’s actually been a bit of an extended holiday for us. We’ve been eating, drinking and celebrating since Friday. That’s a lot of festive food and drink.

It’s always a balance, these holidays. Especially the holidays that fall in the warm months when we’re entertaining at the beach. I want to eek out every last possible minute of sand and sun, but there are hungry mouths to feed and cocktails to mix. So, our menus are all about quick grilling, a little prepping the night before, big salads and fresh, seasonal produce that doesn’t need much fanfare to taste delicious.

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake


Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake

A classic strawberry shortcake is the perfect end to these easy meals. Or in this case a blueberry and strawberry shortcake. We’ve got the festive nailed as in red, white and blue. It’s practically a little slice of America on a plate. The fresh and seasonal…well, summer berries are at their peak so, bam, nailed it again. And for a little extra pizzazz I macerated the berries in a bit of sugar and balsamic vinegar and then stirred in a sprinkle of fresh herbs. The result is bright, sweet and zingy.

The fluffy biscuits can be baked earlier in the day or even the night before, and the whipped cream will hold in the frig for a couple hours before serving. Put it all together and it’s like you can actually taste summer. I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing, easy holiday and are squeezing every second of fun out the day. And I hope you enjoy this quintessential summer dessert that will no doubt bring even more sparkle to the 4th!

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake

0 from 0 votes
Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake
Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
All hail the queen of summer desserts! Classic strawberry shortcake is 4th of July ready with the addition of plump blueberries and a little zing from balsamic vinegar and herbs.
Course: Specialty Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry shortcake
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 841 kcal
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable shortening, cold, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp turbinado sugar
Macerated Berries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, shredded
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, shredded
Whipped Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk together the flours, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add the butter and shortening and mix with your fingers until you have coarse meal.
  3. Stir in the buttermilk and cream until just combined.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly flour surface and knead until the dough just comes together.
  5. Lightly roll the dough to 1 inch thickness and cut out rounds with a 3 inch cookie cutter (flat or scalloped edge). Be sure you don't twist the cutter, just press down and pull up to insure that you get a good rise.Gently gather and reform the scraps to cut the last two biscuits.
  6. Place biscuits on the prepared sheet at least 1 inch apart. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake until risen and golden, about 20-22 mins. Cool on a wire rack.
Macerated Berries
  1. While the biscuits are baking, prepare the berries. Whisk the sugar and vinegar together. Fold in the berries and let stand for at least 15 mins.

  2. Stir in basil and mint.
Whipped Cream
  1. Whip the heavy cream with a whisk or with the whip attachment of an electric mixer.

  2. Beat until you have soft peaks, then gradually add the sugar while whipping. Add the vanilla. Continue whipping until you have stiff peaks.

Assemble the Shortcakes
  1. Halve each biscuit with a fork. Spoon some berries over the bottom half, then top with a scoop of whipped cream. Place the top half of the biscuit on the whipped cream and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 841 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g 74%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Potassium 525mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 95g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 47g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 30.9%
Vitamin C 65.9%
Calcium 18.3%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake

Related Post

Filed Under: Recipe, Specialty Desserts


4 responses to “Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes”

  1. The blueberries are such a no-brainer addition to make strawberry shortcake festive! Why didn’t I think of that?? It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Melissa! I’m with you…how come it took me so long to throw a few blueberries in there?!

  2. Cindy says:

    Tasting summer sounds perfect. My mouth is watering. I love the biscuit recipe it sounds delicious. So funny, glad you like the numbered holidays – i agree they are the best. Festive. Food-centered. And usually a much needed kickstart for a break.

    • Cathy says:

      These biscuits are our faves! My boys go nuts for these (and the whipped cream in the shortcakes doesn’t hurt either).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *