We anticipate sweet summer fruit all year long, so as soon as it arrives we celebrate by baking up a few shortcakes, stuffing them with fruit goodness, and topping it all with freshly whipped cream. Long live summer!
Game plan: The dough for the shortcakes is slightly dry and crumbly; resist the temptation to overmix it to get it to come together. Just pack the dough lightly until it forms a circle and gently shape it with a rolling pin.
Beverage pairing: Chateau Doisy-Védrines Sauternes, France. Sauternes combines multiple fruit flavors with honey, spice, mineral, and herb notes, bringing lovely complexity to this fresh, bright dessert. The wine has some viscosity and a whiff of alcohol, so serve it well chilled.