(note: a correction has been made to this recipe. In the original publications, the butter was accidentally omitted.)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cold butter
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp vanilla sugar for sprinkling
1 1/2 lbs frozen fruit, stewed with 1/2 cup brown sugar
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and baking powder. Cut in butter. Measure milk and cream in a glass measuring cup. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Add milk/egg mixture and bring together with a fork in a few quick strokes. Mixture should be sticky. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto a Silpat-lined baking sheet and bake at 325F for about 17 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Makes eight shortcakes.
To serve as shown, gently stew 1 lb frozen apricots with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Thicken juices with a little cornstarch dissolved in cold water, then added to the fruit. Repeat same with 1/2 lb frozen raspberries.
Split each vanilla shortcake horizontally and place the bottoms in dessert dishes. Spoon warm stewed fruit over, then top with second halves of shortcakes. If desired, serve with whipped cream or ice cream.