These make for a very impressive autumn dessert. The recipe is adpated from Cuisine at Home and the ingredients list is rather long; but once broken down into steps is quite manageable. Serve these warm with the Orange Cream melting down the side.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup crystallized ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cubed
- 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
- 2 1⁄2 cups ripe bosc pears, thinly sliced, skin on
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cups fresh cranberries or 3 cups frozen cranberries, divided
- 1⁄2 cup ginger ale
- 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup
- 3⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest, minced
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon orange extract
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- For the shortcakes, stir together the first 6 ingredients (flour through salt); cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender until well blended.
- Whisk together the cream and egg, fold into flour mixture just until most but still lumpy.
- Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, measure out and form shortcakes; brush the tops with the 1 tablespoon cream and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown; remove from pan onto wire rack and allow to cool.
- To prepare the compote, in a saucepan combine the sliced pears with the sugars, butter and cinnamon stick; place over medium heat until sugar dissolves, approximately 2 minutes.
- To the pear mixture, add 2 cups of the cranberries and ginger ale; cover and simmer until berries pop and sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining cranberries and corn syrup; serve warm over the shortcakes topped with orange cream.
- For the orange cream, place cream through orange extract in small mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer or wire whisk until soft peaks form.
- Garnish by sifting additional powdered sugar over all and topping with orange zest.
I saw this picture on "Photo of the Day" and knew I had to try it! Because I was serving this as an appetizer with champagne for NYE, I actually just placed the topping in the center of each shortcake - similar to how a crostini would be served. Because I didn't have giner ale, I used champagne instead - which for the occasion was fantastic! The ginger adds such a wonderful taste. I plan on making it again using raspberries or blueberries as well. Thanks Paula!