Raspberries have countless varieties and range in color from white to orange, pink to purple. At least one thing is constant—ripe, juicy raspberries make everything taste better.
4 pints fresh raspberries, saving some for garnish
1⁄3 cup sugar
2 1⁄4 cups flour
1 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
3⁄4 tsp. baking soda
1⁄4 tsp. salt
10 tbsp. sugar
6 tbsp. cold butter, cut into pieces
1 egg yolk
1⁄2 cup buttermilk
1-2 tbsp. heavy cream
1. Coarsely mash raspberries with sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 8 tbsp. of the sugar into a mixing bowl. Use two knives to work butter into flour until it resembles coarse meal. Whisk egg yolk and buttermilk together in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture with a fork until dough just begins to hold together.
3. Turn pastry out onto a floured surface and pat out to 3/4" thickness. Use a 3" round cookie cutter to cut out six disks, set disks on a parchment-lined cookie sheet about 2" apart, brush with some heavy cream, and sprinkle with rest of sugar. Bake in preheated 375º oven until golden, about 10–15 minutes. Set aside to let cool.
3. Split shortcakes in half crosswise. For each serving, put bottom half of shortcake on a plate, spoon some of the mashed berries onto top, and cover with the top half. Serve with large dollops of whipped cream and garnish with some fresh raspberries.