Cornmeal Shortcake with Maple Berries

Cornmeal Shortcake with Maple Berries Photo: Levi Brown


  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut up
  • 7-8 tablespoons well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt


1. Combine the blackberries, blueberries, lime zest and juice, and maple syrup in a medium bowl.

2. Preheat oven to 375° with rack in center. Grease a baking sheet. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With fork, work butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk, tossing with fork just until dough begins to hold together.

3. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet; pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle. Bake until golden brown (about 30 minutes).

4. Let the cornmeal shortcake cool slightly. Split horizontally and spread bottom layer with yogurt. Spoon berries and their juices over yogurt, reserving a few berries for top. Cover with shortcake top and sprinkle with reserved berries. To serve, cut into 6 wedges.

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  • Raw sugar and coarse cornmeal give this quick-pat biscuit great texture. For an even quicker dessert, use thinly sliced store-bought pound cake instead.
  • Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1/6 shortcake, 1/2 cup berry mixture, 3 tbsp yogurt)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 327
Fat per serving: 8.6g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2.1g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.6g
Protein per serving: 8g
Carbohydrate per serving: 56g
Fiber per serving: 4g
Cholesterol per serving: 21mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 611mg
Calcium per serving: 115mg

Good to Know

This dessert’s rich texture makes it a stand-out at the dinner table, but if you’re short on time, thinly sliced store-bought pound cake works too.