Goji/Rhubarb Shortcake with Almond Brow

Goji/Rhubarb Shortcake with Almond Brown-Sugar Biscuits

from Walter Reindale

One of the pleasures of spring is fresh rhubarb combined with the Tibetan Goji Berry, made here into a sweet-tart ambrosial sauce with orange liqueur, an exquisite pairing with richly flavored almond biscuits. Mouth-watering!

For the Filling:

1 1/2 pounds rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup Goji Berries
3/4 cup sugar or fifty drops of Stevia extract
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

For the Shortcake:

1/4 cup blanched whole almonds or 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into about 10 pieces
1/4 cup whole or lowfat milk
Lightly sweetened whipped cream

Preparation:

1. To make the filling, combine the rhubarb with the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a medium-large saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring.

Reduce the heat to low and cook, add the Goji Berries and cover, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb is tender but still hold some of its shape, about 10 minutes and remove from the heat, stir in the liqueur, and cool to room temperature. (The rhubarb mixture can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.

Reheat in a microwave to return to a sauce-like consistency.)
2. To make the shortcake, preheat the oven to 425F.

3. Combine the almonds and two sugars in a food processor. Process until the nuts are finely ground. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and pulse to combine. Distribute the butter over the flour mixture and pulse until most
of the butter is the size of small peas. With the motor running, slowly pour the milk through the feed tube, stopping just when the dough begins to come together. Scrape out onto a lightly floured board, gather the dough together,
knead a couple of times, and roll or pat the dough until about 3/4 inch thick. Using a 2 3/4- or 3-inch cutter, cut out 4 biscuits, recutting scraps if necessary. Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet at least 1 1/2 inches apart.
(The biscuits can be made 3 hours ahead and stored, loosely covered, in the refrigerator.)

4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown. Cool slightly on a rack.

5. To serve, split the biscuits with a serrated knife. Place the bottoms on serving plates, spoon about half the Goji/rhubarb mixture over, and replace the tops. Spoon the remaining rhubarb over and top with dollops of whipped
cream. Serves 4.

 

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