Turmeric Spiced Shortcakes

Makes a dozen.

These shortcakes are lovely served with spiced, macerated berries and whipped cream. They’ll also happily stand-in as breakfast “scones” and taste great with berry jam.

2 cups all purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold or frozen
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment. Set aside.

Put the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Grate the butter into the same bowl (use the large holes of a grater). Cut the butter into the dry ingredients, using a pastry cutter or two dinner knives. Separately, whisk together the cream, buttermilk, and egg, then add that to dry mixture.

Working quickly, mix until a shaggy dough forms (it will barely hold together). Use a scoop to portion the dough onto the prepared baking sheet — the mounded dough will be a little craggy, which is just what you want.

Bake at 375° for 10 minutes, then lower the oven heat to 350° and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until they have golden brown edges.

[Sidebar]

Any of these combinations will make a mighty fine shortcake dessert:

  • blackberries + clove + fresh basil

  • strawberries + black pepper + mint

  • red raspberries + saffron

Mix the spices with two-three tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle the sugar over the fruit and stir gently. Mascerate for at least 20 minutes at room temp.