Macerated Summer Fruit Shortcakes with a Dividend

By • June 21, 2011 • 26 Comments



Author Notes: I've listed below the fruits I used, but feel free to use what you have, or what is newly arrived at the farmers market, or even what you can harvest from your own trees and gardens.

I macerated them in a mixture of sparkling wine and campari. The former gives the fruit some zing, while the latter deepens the flavor and adds that fantastic color. The Campari softens the sweet of the fruit, and the fruits soften the bite of the Campari. What goes around comes around.

I used my own scone recipe (http://www.food52.com/recipes/11019_cream_scones_sweet_or_savory) and added a teaspoon of organic dried lavender blossoms. Before adding the sugar to the dry ingredients, I whirred it up in a food processor along with the lavender to break it up. A mortar and pestle would do just as well, and be sure to add some sugar for its great abrasive qualities. The lavender flavor blends beautifully with with the fruits, the Campari, and the whipped cream. With just about everything, I guess.

To transport on a picnic or camping trip, wrap the scones in a double layer of plastic wrap. Seal the macerating fruit in a good, airtight container. Take along a carton of whipping cream, a bit of powdered sugar to lightly sweeten it, a bowl and a whisk. Whipping the cream by hand is a great job to pass among those awaiting their *dividend*. It certainly doesn't need to whipped to a firm peak. Just enough to give it a little body is fine. Picnicking and camping are great for letting go of perfection.

And the dividend? Really now, if I didn't give you an idea of what to do with the luscious macerating solution, or worse, if I'd suggested you toss it out, you would have something to say about it, right? So take along some seltzer water. Divide the macerating liquid among glasses and don't worry about straining it. Seriously, even I don't take a fine mesh strainer picnicking or camping. Divvy up the limes and lemons. Add a few ice cubes - because you always take at least one bag of ice along, right? - and top up with cold seltzer water. Toast to the dividends of summer.
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Serves 8

  • 1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled, quartered
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 3 plums, pitted, 1/2" cubes
  • 3 apricots, pitted, 1/2" cubes
  • 1 bottle Moscato
  • 4 ounces Campari
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • Lemon balm leaves
  • 1/2 batch (one disk) of http://www.food52.com/recipes/11019_cream_scones_sweet_or_savory, 1 teaspoon ground organic dried lavender (or from your own beautiful bushes) added
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  1. Place all fruits in a shallow casserole (non-reactive) or in a shallow plastic container with a secure lid. Add the Moscato and Campari. Squeeze in the juices from the quartered limes and lemons, then drop them all into the mix. If you have some lemon balm growing in your garden, pick several leaves, bruise them with your fingertips, and stir them in. Cover with plastic, refrigerate, and allow to macerate for a few hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, split the scones through the middle beginning at the tip. Divide the fruits among all servings, spooning them over the bottoms of the scones. Replace scone tops and splop a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each one.
  3. Proceed directly to the *dividend* suggestion above. Here's to summer!
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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love lemon balm....especially with berries! And Capmari takes me back to my childhood where my dad's cabinet was replete with Campari and old fashioned seltzer bottles in red and green.

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about 3 years ago wssmom

OMG this is sooooooo AMAZINGLY beautiful!!! Sunday night is my "Friday" night (end of the week) and I am soo looking forward to this!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

A delicious photo of Summertime!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Which always seems too short, so let's all enjoy the minutes . . . Thank you, lapadia!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Looks so good and refreshing. Love the dividend idea!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thanks! ` ;)

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about 3 years ago Midge

Oooh this is my idea of a summer dessert, picnic or not. The Campari idea is brilliant!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Picnic not required! Thank you, Midge.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Gorgeous! No other words needed.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you so much! I'll have some photos up soon.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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fyi, i've brought my iSi cream whipper with me on picnics (in the cooler). it's great! http://www.amazon.com/iSi...

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You are brilliant.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Ingenious! That's so good to know.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Isn't it, though!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Thats such a great idea, I always wondered how those cream whippers work. Now I have to get one. Thanks Mrslarkin!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Seriously worth a minimal investment.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh yes! I loooove the season for berry shortcakes! Yum. And, Campari is my favorite summertime drink too! Mmm. Though, I'm not sure I'm daring enough to try to bring whipped cream with on a picnic (though I'd certainly want to, since it's my favorite food group). Does it keep in a cooler?

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Take a look @ marslarkin's comment above - is she clever, or what!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Sounds so delicious! We've been eating berry shortcakes for the past 3 days - slightly addictive.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Oh, very. Not mention that *dividend*.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Add *to* before mention. Perhaps too many *dividends*.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love the fruit shortcake and using the juice from the macerating fruit as a drink is really the dividend. Camapari is my favaorite summertime drink have never thought of using it along with the sparkling wine to macerate fruit. This has to be really good and very sophisticated.
I agree you have to have ice at a picnic!

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

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Well, it's a bit different, and the dividend is wonderful!

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Clearly, we need to picnic together.

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about 3 years ago meganvt01

I really like the idea of adding the campari to the maceration liquid, it all sounds so beautifully balanced.

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

And the *dividend* is lovely!