Berrylicious Shortbread

Red white and blue shortbread by With A Spin

Imperfections are part of life and it’s not always a bad thing.  A lot of us strive to achieve perfection but is it really ever necessary in all aspects of life?  Is perfection really achievable for everything within the time at hand and thousand other responsibilities?  I thought I was going to have a perfect shortbread until I realized the timer on my countertop oven stopped working.  By the time I realized the timer should have stopped, I ended up with a little side burnt shortbread.  However, I decided to look beyond the imperfection and enjoy the deliciousness.  Instead of regretting not using the conventional oven, I went on layering the shortbread with the cheese spread.  I didn’t even mind when my over enthusiastic toddler couldn’t resist getting her hands on the shortbread to try some cheese spread and berries(both her favorite) just when I was ready to click the camera.  A few years ago, I wouldn’t have been happy at all with this slightly side burnt imperfect shortbread and a smeared cheese layer.

 Patriotic shortbread by With A Spin

I was going to call this a shortcake, because I was going for a slightly soft, crumbly base, but because of the timer I got a cookie like crunch.  Therefore, decided to call it a shortbread instead :)  Some may even call it a tart or crostata.  Call it whatever you like.  If you bake the dough for 10-12 minutes, which is what I usually do, you’ll have a softer base.  Around 15-18 minutes bake time will give you a crunchier base, which is great too.  Anything beyond 18 minutes will leave you with slightly burnt one, which may not be the best.  If you are in a time crunch, you may even use a pie crust.  Another idea is to use a pizza dough and call this a fruit pizza.  How fun would that be?

Berryliscious shortbread by With A Spin

This is a perfect dessert to involve kids.  Depending on their age, they can measure the ingredients, layer the cheese or sprinkle the fruits on top.  I chose red raspberries and blueberries to compliment the white cream cheese and Greek yogurt spread in honor of upcoming U. S. Independence Day.  However, I’ve done these with nutella and other fruits as well, which turns out equally yummilicious.  We don’t like extra sugar on our desserts, but, by all means, feel free to sprinkle granulated sugar on top of the fruits if that works for you.

4th of July celebration dessert by With A Spin

For those in the U.S. about to celebrate Independence Day, I hope you enjoy the holiday with some fun and festivity.  Despite my accent and look, I really enjoy the holiday of my adopted country.  Usually, we travel during the 4th and see fireworks in different parts of the country depending on where we are, but this year we will spend the weekend at home as many do with — food, family, fun, and fireworks.  This will be R’s first Independence day celebration in the U.S. as last year we were out of country during the holiday.

Berryliscious shortcake by With A Spin

What are your own way of celebrating the U. S. Independence Day or Independence Day from where you are?




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  1. says

    4th of July is Americas independence from the British, I am British so I don’t really celebrate at all :) My hubby usually works on this day so it’s just another day for us. Your shortbread is very patriotic indeed and looks delicious!