The key to tender low-fat shortcakes is to not overwork the dough; so pat it out instead of rolling it. A portion of the blueberries is cooked with sugar and cornstarch to form a blueberry glaze that binds the filling. This dessert is best with fresh berries.
- Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 filled shortcake)
Good to KnowThese homemade shortcakes are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, thanks to the blueberries and blackberries. Throw in a few extra berries to keep you feeling full.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 cups fresh wild blueberries, divided
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1 cup frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare shortcakes, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk; stir just until moist.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times. Pat dough to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter to form 8 dough rounds. Place dough rounds 2 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Combine water and egg white, stirring with a whisk; brush over dough rounds. Sprinkle evenly with 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake at 400° for 13 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack.
To prepare filling, combine 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar, juice, and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thick. Place in a large bowl; add remaining 2 cups blueberries and blackberries, stirring to coat. Cover and chill.
Using a serrated knife, cut each shortcake in half horizontally; spoon 1/2 cup blueberry mixture over bottom half of each shortcake. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons whipped topping and top half of shortcake.
- Calories per serving322
- Calories per serving21
- Fat per serving7.5
- Saturated fat per serving4.7
- Monounsaturated fat per serving1.8
- Polyunsaturated fat per serving0.5
- Protein per serving4.6
- Carbohydrates per serving60.1
- Fiber per serving4.3
- Cholesterol per serving16
- Iron per serving1.9
- Sodium per serving354
- Calcium per serving108