eat me:. whole wheat saskatoon shortcake.

So, it's already the middle of August, and I'm already dreading the end of summer. I really like being warm, being outside all the time in the sunshine and the chance to go to the beach. In an effort to prolong summer as long as possible I decided to bake the most summery dessert I could think of, shortcake. Shortcake is the quintessential summer dessert to me, light and sweet with fresh whipped cream and fruit. I decided to make it the prairie girl version by swapping the usual strawberries with saskatoons. Best choice ever.
Whole wheat Saskatoon Shortcake. Shortcake recipe modified from joy the baker.

for the shortcake:
1 C. flour.
1 C. whole wheat flour.
1/4 C. sugar.
2 tsp. baking powder.
1/3 C. cold butter, cut into small cubes.
1 large egg.
1 tsp. vanilla extract.
1/2 C. milk.
sugar for sprinkling.
In a bowl sift together flours, sugar and baking powder. cut in butter with a fork or pastry cutter until it looks crumbly. mix together wet ingredients. form a well in the centre of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients, slowly mixing together. Knead together and transfer to a floured surface, kneading and stretching a few times. Form into a rectangle approximately 6"x9". I made my cakes smaller than suggested so they weren't so thick. this makes nine shortcakes. if your prefer larger, thicker pieces then form the dough into 4"x 7" and cut into six pieces. sprinkle tops with sugar and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. let cool.
for the whipped cream:
1 C. whipping cream.
1 tsp. sugar.
in an electric mixer beat the cream and sugar on high until soft peaks form. don't overbeat. you can also do this by hand, it'll just take a while longer.
for the saskatoon compote:
2 C. saskatoons.
1 1/2 C. sugar.
in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat bring saskatoons and sugar to a boil, stirring constantly throughout. let simmer for a minute or two then transfer to a bow and let cool, it should thicken up quite a bit.
To serve cut short cakes in half and layer on whipped cream and saskatoons to your hearts content.
Have the sweetest rest of your summer! xo, T.

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