|The right stuff|
|Suffused with sophistication|
2 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups mixed berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
1/2 cup cognac
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl, then cut in butter and shortening until it forms small crumbs. Pour in the cream and stir until everything has just come together.
|Ready to cut in|
Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Whip the cream and honey to stiff peaks with a stand mixer or hand mixer, then chill for later.
|If only I'd looked up how to photograph fire!|
Toss the berries and cognac into a skillet and carefully place over medium heat (or a grill or campfire, close to, but not directly above, the burning embers). When just beginning to simmer, gently tilt the skillet to one side, pooling the liquor in a far corner and, again carefully, ignite with a taper or long lighter. Right the pan and shake continuously and very gently, to keep exposing fresh alcohol to the blue flame. Cook until the flames die out.