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A carefree day cinnamon recipe

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Cinnamon Biscuit Berry Shortcakes.

Strawberry shortcake has always been a favourite dessert of mine it reminds me of the carefree days of summer at my grandparent's house, where we'd buy strawberries by the pound and eat them in just about everything.

Since we eat shortcake all summer, I've created a recipe that includes a little extra fibre and protein by subbing out half the white flour with wholewheat flour (wholewheat pastry flour is particularly great for baked goods if you happen to have some). But with the husk and germ of the wheat comes a slighter darker, nuttier colour, which isn't quite what children may be craving for dessert. My easy solution: embrace the beautiful brown colour and enhance it with a little cinnamon.

Cinnamon Biscuit Berry Shortcakes

Start to Finish: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

For the berries:

2 tbs white balsamic vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

1tbs brown sugar

2 cups raspberries, blueberries, and sliced strawberries

1tsp grated orange zest

2tsp chopped fresh mint

For the shortcake biscuits:

11/4 cup flour - half whole wheat, half

all-purpose

2 1/2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp baking soda

2tbs sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1/4tsp salt

1/2tsp cinnamon

3tbs cold butter, cut into small cubes

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 egg, lightly beaten, divided in half

For the creamy filling:

1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

3 tbs low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/8tsp vanilla extract

1tbs brown sugar

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 400. In a medium bowl, toss together the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, orange zest and mint and place in refrigerator while you make the biscuits. Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a small food processor. Pulse once or twice to mix the dry ingredients. Add the butter, and pulse 7 or 8 times until mixture looks like wet sand.

2. Add half the egg into the yogurt and stir to combine, and then pour on top of the flour. Process until the dough comes together in a large clump, about 30 seconds. Empty the dough on to the counter and form into a 6" disc. Slice the dough into 6 wedges and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

3. Brush lightly with a little remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with a little sugar on top. Bake until golden brown and fluffy, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

4. Meanwhile, make the cream: in a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, yogurt, vanilla and brown sugar until smooth. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, split the biscuits in half, spoon some ricotta cream on the bottom half, top with macerated berries and the top biscuit half. Enjoy.

- Melissa d'Arabian