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Apricot-Strawberry Buckwheat Shortcakes
1 h 30 m
“This whole-grain shortcake recipe pairs perfectly with any fruit filling for a healthy dessert. We prefer light buckwheat flour over the darker variety—its milder flavor lets the fruit shine.”
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
1 cup light buckwheat flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup heavy cream
Fruit & Cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided, plus more as needed
1To prepare shortcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2Combine whole-wheat flour, buckwheat flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it is the size of peas. Make a well in the mixture and pour in buttermilk and ¼ cup cream (don't wash the measuring cup yet). Stir gently to combine.
3Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Fold the dough over itself and pat into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Repeat one more time. Cut the dough into 10 equal-size shortcakes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the dregs of cream left in the measuring cup.
4Bake the shortcakes until golden and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
5To prepare fruit: About 30 minutes before serving, if using vanilla bean, use the tip of a paring knife to scrape the seeds into a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and rub the seeds into it with your fingers. Add apricots and/or strawberries (and vanilla extract, if using instead of a bean); gently stir to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Taste the fruit and add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, if desired.
6To serve: Beat cream and the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Slice each shortcake in half horizontally, top with ¼ cup fruit and some of the cream.
To make ahead: Store shortcakes airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day.