I love to bake, especially in the summer. But with Covid I am forced to limit this indulgence unless we are willing to gain an endless amount of weight. Fortunately a neighbor planned to visit so I was able share the bounty. This is the time when farm stands have fresh local strawberries and the blueberries in the market are from nearby states rather than far away countries. I am always on the lookout for new berry recipes and was intrigued by one for strawberry drop biscuits in the New York Times. Incapable of following a recipe exactly I made some modifications.
The first step can be done by hand in a bowl but I prefer to start it in a food processor. Either way works fine.
Heat oven to 450
Mix together in a bowl or food processor
11/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
Add 6 tablespoons of butter cut into 1/4 inch cubes, blending the butter with the flour mixture either in the machine or with your hands. Pea size pieces of flour should remain.
If you have used a food processor pour mixture into a bowl
Add a scant cup of cut up berries. I used a combination of cut up strawberries and blueberries and mixed until berries are coated.
Make a well in center and add 4 tablespoons of heavy cream and 1/4 cup of milk. I think thinning some yogurt with milk would probably be a workable substitute for heavy cream if you prefer not to use it.
Mix it all with a fork and add a few spoons of milk if you can't get all the flour up. Don't overmix. At this point the dough will look unworkable and you may have doubts as to whether you will succeed. I certainly did. The recipe says to scoop up 1/3 cup and drop on a parchment lined baking sheet. These seemed to big for me so I opted for a 1/4 cup. The dough barely held together and I wound up compressing it in my hands to form the biscuits. I think dropping it would have yielded a lot of crumbs. Baste with some heavy cream and bake for 15 minutes.
These are incredibly tender and delicious and my only regret is that they recipe makes so few. I managed to get eight instead of 6. If Goldie were allowed to have any she would have given it 5 tail wags.