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Cherry Shortcake

Cherry Shortcake

It’s been cherry season in California for the last month or so now. My parents gave me a bag of red cherries. Oddly enough, I don’t like eating cherries on their own. I feel they’re better suited in desserts for some reason. I wanted to take the cherries in a different direction than just the usual cherry pie. A shortcake felt like a good choice. No story behind the recipe this week. Just made what I felt like 🙂

By the way, this shortcake is great for other dishes too if you want to swap out the cherries for another fruit or with whipped cream or jams.

Cherry Shortcake

June 17, 2019
: 12 servings
: Medium


  • Shortcake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 pounds cherries, pitted and halved
  • Streusel
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
  • Pastry Cream
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Step 1 Whisk 1/2 cup milk with eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl.
  • Step 2 In a medium saucepan, heat remainder of milk and sugar until warmed.
  • Step 3 Slowly whisk milk into egg mixture (do this very slowly to avoid cooking the eggs).
  • Step 4 Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat until pastry cream thickens. Whisking the whole time.
  • Step 5 Place in bowl and cover top with saran wrap for at least 4 hours.
  • Step 6 Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9″ springform pan with butter.
  • Step 7 Beat together egg, milk, and vanilla extract and set aside.
  • Step 8 In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and butter until it has the texture of wet sand.
  • Step 9 Add the egg mixture to the bowl and mix until just combined with a spatula.
  • Step 10 Transfer to pan and set aside.
  • Step 11 In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and butter with fingertips. The mixture will look very crumbly. Top the cake mix with the streusel.
  • Step 12 Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Step 13 Remove shortcake and place on cooling rack immediately. Cool completely before assembly.
  • Step 14 Cut cake into two equal layers. Add pastry cream and top with cherries on bottom layer.

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