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Blueberry Shortcake

June 14, 2011
Photo by Gerik

Photo by Gerik: Crushed berry shortcake

My sister’s husband loves to eat!

Summer vacations for our clan were opportunities to meet from the end of June to the beginning of August (depending on our children’s school schedules) up at our cabin on Wallowa Lake. Whether in small batches of one or two families or up to the full extended clan of somewhere over 30 people, summer was our chance to gather and catch up on family news, water ski and partake in our favorite pastime- eating. For my sister’s husband, Dick, eating is where he really excelled.

Most gatherings centered around the kitchen table. We all loved to cook and each meal seemed to be a continuous game to try and top the previous meal. Mornings for me were all about the freshly caught trout with biscuits and gravy. Mother’s specialty was the tomato onion sandwiches for lunch served on the dock for the sunbathers accompanied by a big pitcher of freshly made lemonade. Dinners were usually around a theme and often it was Mexican. Regardless of the menu though, Dick liked it all and would inquire loudly how much longer until dinner was going to be served. Of course, once it was on the table, he usually ate until he was well past stuffed.

One memorable summer, the Wallowa Mountains had an unusually good huckleberry season and our family picked almost 5 gallons of berries in a single morning. Ideas for what we would do with the berries finally focused down to fresh huckleberry shortcake for dessert that evening. Dick reminded us that we had better purchase extra whip cream because he was really fond of huckleberry shortcake.

Photo by Gerik: Whole berry shortcake

That evening, Dick ate 3 big bowls of shortcake, perhaps we hadn’t taken his warning seriously enough, because we ran out of cream somewhere after the 2nd helping and Dick trundled off to the store to purchase more cream for his next bowl of shortcake. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, Dick paid for his indulgence that evening. We all listened to the groaning as we snuggled into our sleeping bags on the porch that night. Being the caring family members we were, we inquired after his health with a “Hey, Dick, how about some huckleberry shortcake for breakfast in the morning?” But couldn’t seem to hear his answer over the snickers rippling through the group!

If you like Strawberry Shortcake, I guarantee that you will enjoy the Blueberry Shortcake as well. Huckleberries are hard to come by but the blueberries do well as a substitute. There is nothing like enjoying the fresh fruits of summer so go make some summer memories with your family!!

Blueberry Shortcake Sauce
We have two favorite versions of this sauce. They are both very dramatic looking against the white scones and whip cream.  Both versions are pictured.

Version One: Whole Berry Sauce
3 cups blueberries (frozen does well in this version if you don’t have fresh available)
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup water
3 T. corn syrup
¾ cup sugar
3 T. cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water

Place berries, orange juice, water, corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and simmer until the sauce is thick and shiny. Chill

Version Two: Crushed Berry Sauce
4 cups of fresh blueberries
Sugar to sweeten

Place the blueberries in a food processor and pulse a few times to chop up the berries. Sweeten with sugar. Pour sweetened berries into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Take off heat. The purpose is to release the purple color from the berry skins so that the sauce turns a beautiful purple color. Chill. As the berries chill, the sauce will thicken.

Angel Scones
Makes 6-8
2 ½ cups Jiffy Biscuit Mix
½ cup Angel Flake Coconut
1 cup whipping cream

Mix the biscuit mix and coconut together. Add the cream and stir until the mixture becomes a ball. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead it a couple of times. Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter or a large glass also works well. Place biscuits on oiled cookie sheet. Brush melted butter on the tops of the biscuits and cover liberally with sanding sugar (coarse sugar crystals). Bake 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Whipped Cream is a must for any shortcake.  Personally I prefer just plain whipping cream but a soft whipped cream that is sweetened a bit is really good too.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2011 1:53 am

    That sounds divine. So does the idea of trying to outdo each meal. Oh and fresh caught trout.

  2. June 14, 2011 1:58 am

    Hey, I’m all about the trout . . . . just as long as someone else gets up early to do the fishing!

  3. June 14, 2011 5:04 pm

    Pat, What a small world we live in, Wallowa Lake, every summer for a many years we would trek down to Wallowa Lake too! We loved it there, once you came around the tail end of the road and seen the green Wallowa Lake and the mountains, we knew we were home. Fishing for trout there in the river, it being so loud no one talked just fished, fresh rainbow trout at least one meal a day and hiking up to the waterfalls and so much more….It was like a piece of Heaven on Earth….Do the Boy Scouts still meet there? I was just telling some folks, (I talk about this area all the time) about our trips to Wallowa Lake and my love for the small town of Joseph Oregon, the people were so genuine…Eagle Cap Wilderness the whole area is one place I do plan on returning… What a small world indeed. I love the recipe. We’ll have to talk about the lake sometime. Do you still go? Thank you for a pleasant morning in thought….RaeDi I wonder if we ever saw each other and just did not know! Went to the Methodist Church there while in town…

    • June 14, 2011 5:42 pm

      What a small world. We lived on the East side of the lake about halfway down. My Dad worked for and was a fishing buddy of Clyde Harris who at one time owned most of the lake property. Yes, I remember all the places you listed. The Boy Scott camp is still there. We rented it once for a family reunion. I think the last time I was there . . probably 5 years ago when we finally had to move my husband’s parents to a safer place. It just took too long to get there if there was an emergency. I went to a different church, one in Enterprise but yes, wouldn’t it be funny if we had met. Don’t you just love the art work in town? Stunning!!

  4. July 12, 2011 2:32 am

    Yum, Yum and double yum!! That looks just heavenly. Even this little ole’ diabetic could enjoy that.


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