Dorie Greenspan. I've never met the woman but she's my new best friend. She taught me, via Orangette, how to make shortcakes that are not only perfect with berries, they are the berries!
The part I can't figure out is how shortcakes made with so much rich butter and heavy cream end up being as light as a summer dress. They are so delicate that one must have care cutting them open to insert the berries and cream, or they crumble apart in the hand.
They are simple to make, easy to bake and utterly perfect with macerated strawberries or blackberries. I can only imagine that raspberries would be over the top in these and Molly's suggestion of peaches just about made me swoon. There's a bonus, too - they fill your house with a delicious light scent of baking that lasts all day.
So, Dorie, wherever you are, know that you are loved and admired and honored and shamelessly copied.