Cherry-Berry Bannock Shortcakes with Maple Toffee Sauce

Cherry-Berry Bannock Shortcakes with Maple Toffee Sauce IMAGE Image by: Cherry-Berry Bannock Shortcakes with Maple Toffee Sauce IMAGE Author: Canadian Living

This twist on strawberry shortcake uses sweetened mini versions of bannock, a traditional aboriginal bread, in place of the usual biscuits. The maple-kissed toffee sauce adds an extra Canadian touch.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: July 2015

Ingredients

Bannock Biscuits:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (approx)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • vegetable oil for frying
Filling:
  • 2 cups sweet cherries pitted and halved
  • 2 cups strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups whipping cream 35%
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Maple Toffee Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream 35%
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • pinch salt

Method

Maple Toffee Sauce: In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth and melted. Stir in cream; bring to boil. Cook, stirring, until colour deepens slightly and sauce is thick enough to generously coat back of spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in maple syrup, maple extract and salt until smooth. Let sauce cool completely.

Bannock Biscuits: While sauce is cooling, in bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make well in centre; pour in milk, vanilla and 1/2 cup water. Using fork, toss together just until soft and slightly sticky dough forms.

If necessary, add more flour, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Turn dough out onto floured work surface; using floured hands, press out to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness. Using 2 3/4-inch (7 cm) square cutter, cut out 8 shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary.

In cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet, add enough oil to thinly coat bottom; heat over medium-low heat until oil shimmers. Working in batches, fry dough, turning once, until puffed, golden and tip of knife inserted in centres comes out clean, about 6 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove biscuits to paper towel–lined plate to drain; let cool.

Filling: While biscuits are frying, in bowl, toss together cherries, strawberries, raspberries and sugar. Let stand for 20 minutes.

In separate bowl, beat cream with 1 tbsp of the Maple Toffee Sauce until stiff peaks form. Whisk in vanilla.

Assembly: Halve biscuits horizontally; spoon cherry mixture and whipped cream over bottom halves. Drizzle with half of the remaining Maple Toffee Sauce. Replace top halves of biscuits; drizzle with remaining Maple Toffee Sauce.

Change it up: Family-Size Cherry-Berry Bannock Shortcake
Increase strawberries and cherries to 3 cups each; increase whipping cream in filling to 1 1/4 cups. Prepare bannock as directed until dough forms; turn out onto floured work surface. Press out to 8-inch (20 cm) circle. In cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet, add enough oil to come 1/4-inch (5 mm) up side; heat over medium-low heat until oil shimmers. Fry dough, turning once, until puffed, golden and tip of knife inserted in centre comes out clean, about 8 minutes. To assemble, halve bannock horizontally; spoon half of the cherry mixture over bottom half. Top with half of the whipped cream; drizzle with half of the remaining Maple Toffee Sauce. Replace top half of bannock; spoon remaining whipped cream around edge. Spoon remaining cherry mixture over top; drizzle with remaining Maple Toffee Sauce.

Nutritional facts per serving: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 281 mg
  • Sugars 25 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Calories 485.0
  • Total fat 29 g
  • Potassium 245 mg
  • Cholesterol 48 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 53 g

%RDI

  • Iron 15.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 27.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 10.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 15.0
  • Vitamin C 35.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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