Monday, June 9, 2014

a berry shortcake platter . . .



It's hard to believe that Summer officially begins next Saturday!

Although I'm not a fan of the heat that Summer brings, I am a big fan of al fresco dinners, light meals, fresh vegetables, gorgeous fruits (berries! berries! berries!), and late evening sunsets . . . all of which are a hallmark of Summer.





I thought it would be fun to share photos of a Berry Shortcake platter that I put together for a Memorial weekend gathering last month.

Our friends invited us to spend time with them for a little fun in the sun, so I wanted to bring a festive Summer-inspired dessert that would be easy to enjoy outside.




Strawberry & white chocolate cookies came to mind, but then I remembered what a hit my 'berry shortcake bar/station' was last year, so I made it for our friends' gathering this year.
 
It's simple to prepare . . . and so much fun to eat!







I garnished the berries on the platter with strawberry leaves from our garden.

The extra green brightened up the berries! It was so pretty and festive. But if you don't have access to strawberry leaves, then sprigs of mint would look quite pretty too.




The base of the berry shortcakes are sour cream scones

I think it's fun to make them on the small side, like a two-bite appetizer, snack, or dessert . . .  so I use a 2-inch scalloped round cookie cutter.




I cluster the berries on one end, place big bowls of fresh whipped cream in the middle, and then pile fresh sour cream scones on the other end. Place a few festive napkins near the platter, and then watch your guests have fun assembling their own shortcakes!

It's a fun, light, and delicious dessert for any Summer gathering!


  







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23 comments:

  1. I think this may be my favorite dessert of yours yet! So fresh and light, but still sweet and yummy. Sour cream scones sound amazing! If I ever have a beach villa, I'm inviting you! :)

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  2. Oh Suzanne, this looks just gorgeous. If you are taking dishes like this to gatherings I bet your calendar is full. Delish. Love the mini versions.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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  3. Oh yum yum yum...can I tuck into this now? This is the perfect sharing dessert :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  4. Looks so yummy and just perfect for summer. Another one to add to my list of things to try!!

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  5. This is such a cute and fun idea! Perfect addition to a summertime brunch, lunch or coffee!

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  6. What a wonderful summer dessert! Great presentation...

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  7. What a beautiful display of Summer dessert! Yum! Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesdays at Our Home. Hugs, Maria

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  8. Ok, you took the prize in my opinion! I love this idea and your presentation is amazing. Stopping by from Tickle My Tastebuds. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  9. I love how you talk about summer and your wonderful berry shortcake bar...now I am seriously craving fruit! It looks wonderful.....

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  10. How very, berry pretty!! I think your idea of adding the leaves to the berries is great! And your pictures are beautiful! Happy 4th! ~Zuni

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  11. Love this presentation! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Sometimes it's the simplest of ideas that are the best, like this one. Beautiful and delicious. Pinned!

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  13. Strawberry shortcake is my favorite food. I'll be right over!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing your delectable delight with us at Project Inspire{d}!

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  14. This looks so delicious, yummy and fresh. Pinning it to have on 4th of July!

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  15. What a clever idea and the presentation is so lovely! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I am a berry lover too!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. How cute is this? I would love to have one right.now.for.breakfast! As always, your pictures are breathtaking! Pinning :)

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  17. That platter is making my mouth water, everything looks so good! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  18. What a fun way to serve dessert!

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  19. What a great idea to serve the dessert at a gathering. Awesome idea.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Suzanne, this looks so beautiful and I always love your gorgeous photography! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinned. Hope you're having a happy first week of summer!

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  21. Hello Suzanne, I can see why this was a big hit -it looks wonderful. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  22. Oh, I just love this!! The little scones or "shortcakes" are awesome! Great idea!! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  23. Simple, beautiful and YUMMY! Just perfect :)

    Jeanette

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