My neighbor puts all her magazines on my front porch when she is finished looking through them. I subscribe to Southern Lady, Southern Living, Taste of Home and Paula Deen, but benefit from of all the ones Nancy receives as well. Today, opening the front door, I saw a new Martha Stewart magazine on the chair. Looking through it I saw so many great recipes, but to be honest, most of them I will never make. Many are really way to healthy or way to complicated for my liking, but this one, this one, well, it will be made this weekend. Anything with blueberries, butter and cream cheese, catches my eye.
Non-stick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tables granulated sugar
3/4 teas salt
1 3/4 teas baking powder
1/4 teas baking soda
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
8 oz cream cheese (2 oz cold and 6 oz room temperature)
4 oz blueberries (about 2/3 cup) (more for the serving plate)
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/3 cup powdered sugar, plus more for serving
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
Coat 2 parchment-lined baking sheets with cooking spray. Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Incorporate butter and cold (2 tables) cream cheese into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer to freezer and chill 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 with racks in upper and lower thirds. Transfer flour mixture to another large bowl. Add blueberries and stir buttermilk into dough, gently folding with a rubber spatula until a sticky dough forms. Do not over mix. Divide dough into 8 even mounds, placing about 2″ apart on baking sheets. (4 per sheet)
Bake, rotating halfway through until shortcakes are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Meanwhile, beat together remaining 6 oz cream cheese and powdered sugar with mixer until smooth. Gradually add whipping cream, beating just until mixture becomes smooth and thick, about 1 minute.
Do not overbeat. Serve alongside shortcakes and more fresh berries, with powdered sugar for sprinkled over shortcakes with berries on top.