Raspberry Chocolate Shortcakes with Lavender Infused White Chocolate Cream

As much as I enjoy a lighter dessert, often a piece of fruit after dinner, I also find that a decadent treat with bites of chocolate, whipped cream and fresh berries is what I’m looking for at the end of a special meal.  Each component of my raspberry chocolate shortcakes with lavender infused white chocolate cream dessert can be made ahead and put together on the plate right before serving.  This time of year as fresh berries become abundant and less costly in the markets, a dessert featuring them makes sense on all our menus.  Both the chocolate cream shortcakes and the lavender infused white chocolate cream are quick to make earlier in the day.  The scones can also be baked right before serving dinner if you prefer them to be warm from the oven.  However, they need to rest several minutes after baking as they will crumble if they are cut in half while too hot.  It’s still early in the season for fresh berries so expect more recipes featuring them here in the coming months, maybe a sorbet, ice cream or a dessert pizza.

I recently have started back hiking in the hilly open space surrounding our town a few mornings a week after taking a break that stretched into months of daily walks on the much easier streets of my neighborhood.  I think the warmer mornings inspired me to get up early and hit the trails with a good hiking partner and friend.
I didn’t realize how much I missed our hikes and conversations. I found quality time spent with a close friend and regular doses of vigorous exercise in the great outdoors were things that I had been missing.  I find that it’s too easy to let other things get in the way of regular exercise even if we enjoy it and are healthier as a result.  As I was driving home after setting up a time to meet for our hike next week I realized that I would be out of town on that date.  As soon as I got home I emailed my friend to reschedule and also sent a message that I want to keep this going, I don’t want to let what I enjoy and what is important to my well being slip away again without a good reason.  I guess I’m lucky because even though I like to cook and eat, I like my exercise too.



Ingredients and Directions for Raspberry Chocolate Shortcakes with Lavender Infused White Chocolate Cream
Adapted from The Art & Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet

3 baskets (6 ounces) fresh raspberries
Powdered sugar for sprinkling on top of shortcakes
Fresh lavender flowers for garnish

For the Lavender Infused White Chocolate Cream Sauce

5 ounces good quality white chocolate, I used Ghirardelli Premium Baking Bar White Chocolate
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
1 cup heavy whipping cream, less 1 tablespoon reserved for brushing on scones

For the Chocolate Cream Shortcakes


1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon heavy cream and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar to brush on top of scones before baking

First make the lavender infused white cream sauce.  Create a double boiler by bringing 1 inch of water to boil in a medium saucepan with a stainless bowl set on top.  Turn off the heat and place the chocolate, water and lavender in the bowl over the steaming hot water.  Let the mixture rest for a minute until the chocolate has melted.  Remove from the heat and stir until smooth.  Strain out the lavender after 10 minutes.  Set aside until cool but still soft and fluid.

Whip the heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer to soft peaks.  Slowly add the white chocolate and continue to whip until the mixture is thick and creamy looking.  Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Make, cut out and bake the chocolate cream shortcakes.  Preheat the oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process for 10 seconds until to blend.  Add the small cold butter cubes and pulse several times until the butter is cut into smaller pieces.  Pour in the cream and pulse until the dough holds together in clumps.
Scrape the dough out onto a floured work surface and pat into a circle about 1 inch thick.  Using a biscuit cutter cut out 8 circles from the dough.  Place the dough circles on the parchment lined baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart.  Brush the tops with the reserved heavy cream and sprinkle with the sugar.

Bake the shortcakes for 14-16 minutes and cool on a metal rack for at least 10 minutes or until they can be sliced in half without falling apart.  They are better served slightly warm but may be served at room temperature if you make them earlier in the day.

Assemble the Raspberry Chocolate Cream Shortcakes.  Split the shortcakes in half.  Place a spoonful of lavender infused white chocolate cream on each plate with the bottom half of the shortcake on top. Top with another, more generous spoonful of the white chocolate cream.  Divide the raspberries between the plates, placing some on top of the cream and some around the shortcakes.  Place the shortcake tops over the cream and raspberries.   Garnish with fresh lavender flowers over a spoonful of white chocolate cream, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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Comments

  1. I love your shortcakes, Patty! The raspberries and white chocolate cream push them over-the-top!

  2. What a lovely twist on a classic dessert! Anything with lavender is right up my alley. This is a keeper and will be pinning shortly! Have fun this week. :-)

  3. we were today at the local farm and picked some strawberries and was dreaming of a berry pizza earlier this evening :)
    Love your berry chocolate shortcakes. I love chocolate and berries and i'd have to ask the fitness instructor to push my limits little more so I can enjoy two of these. (I'm one of those that like to eat but exercise because i have to)

  4. The combination makes me hungry and I'm already wrapping up to go to bed. Like Lisa, I love anything with lavender. Walking with a friend makes exercising/hiking pleasure. :-)

  5. I love this post from A to Z, Patty–it reminds me of a chocolate strawberry shortcake my aunt had clipped once upon a time (and I can't find and she's not here to ask), so this is a REAL treat. And I hear you loud and clear about having a good friend to hike with, too. :) I really hope to make this when I have freshly picked fruit here! Have a great week!

  6. What a great recipe! It looks absolutely delicious. I would love to try some!

  7. These are gorgeous! They're making me wish we hadn't eaten so many of the raspberries I picked today. Love the lavender infused cream :)

  8. Delicious and beautiful!Great for summer evening!

  9. Raspberry and chocolate is a great match so I love how you made chocolate shortcake instead of regular kind. The photography looks so pretty! And I love the blue bowl in the back! We must take advantages of all the juicy berries now before it's too late! :-)

  10. Patty, you're killing me with these! What a beautiful presentation & unique flavor combination! Just perfect.

  11. Oh Patty, Another gorgeous dessert! Beautiful photos and presentation! I am definitely making this shortcake…I’m surprised that they're not as fatting as they look!

  12. These look super!! I've read so much about lavender.. wish we got them as easily in India.. but these are just brilliant!!! and i love love individial little portion desserts!!

  13. Beautiful :-)

  14. How abosolutely beautiful and elegant…this is a really great post!

  15. Wonderful finish to any meal, something about cream that makes it fell as if you are eating almost nothing. So glad you are getting back out there and hiking, I've been looking for a new place around here. I certainly need it. Hope you had a fabulous weekend.
    -Gina-

  16. This dish look positively amazing. It's a nice twist on the typical shortcakes and since I'm a a chocolate lover I like it even more. I'm defiinitely printing this to make. Funny thing is I've looked through that book many times while in SurLaTable and never saw it. Glad you've shared it.

  17. What a lovely twist on a classic dessert! I am yet to explore with lavender. Such lip smacking pictures!

  18. Oooh. This one has all of my favorite food groups! Such pretty photography too, natch. Please teach me!

  19. Spettacolare!
    francesca

  20. Hi Patty! Wow, this looks so good. And I have to agree, I love something with a little bit of cream to end my day. Thank you for sharing with me, sweet friend, and for your kind words on my blog! I'm excited to be back around. Hugs and love from Austin!

  21. Such an amazing twist on the shortcake, Patty! Love the chocolate version of it, the lavender infused whit chocolate cream is totally over the top superb, and delicious, and the raspberries are a perfect addition to the shortcake!
    The photos are gorgeous…as always:DDD

  22. Such an amazing shortcake! I could almost taste the fresh and juicy raspberries from here…Marvelous! Pinned!

  23. These look amazing! Love the idea of a chocolate shortcake!

  24. Another fantastic dessert. So glad to hear that you are back to doing something you really enjoy. Yes, you are lucky that you also like your exercise. Walking and hiking are the best exercise, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing:)

  25. Chocolate shortcakes are my favorite! The lavender-infused white chocolate cream sounds amazing on these beautiful shortcakes.

  26. These look gorgeous Patty – who could resist?

  27. Absolutely perfect – I want a piece and it's only breakfast time!

  28. Oh. My. Gosh!! These look so completely amazing. And that first photo…I'm drooling and impressed in one. I also love hiking, you. An have some of the best conversations that way. And also then you can afford the really good desserts like this one!

  29. I've had shortcakes on my mind but I was thinking the more traditional route. Love your take on it much, much more. One of my favorite combinations is chocolate and raspberry and the white chocolate cream bringing them together just makes this altogether one blissful dessert.

  30. I have not been hiking in so long…it's so great that you can share some time with a friend, and get exercise :)
    Your shortcakes look incredible…such lovely flavors, wow!

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