Recipes in English: Berry Shortcake

Recipes in English: Berry Shortcake

This month on Recipes in English we are presenting a delicious Berry Shortcake that will be a crowd pleaser for sure! You can find the subtitles on the video if needed and the full recipe below. You can also learn some of the vocabulary words used in the video. Learning English can happen in lots of different ways: in a classroom, online or even while cooking! Enjoy!

Vocabulary Minute 0:00 to 4:00


  • something that is greater than usual
    • This cake tastes exceptionally good.

Hand mixer

  • a certain type of an electric mixer used for eggs and cakes.
  • Click here to see what it looks like
    • Hand mixers can save you a lot of time if you have to mix egg whites.

Stand mixer

  • This is a strong mixer that you do not have to hold while it is mixing.
  • Click here to see a picture.
    • The gave me a stand mixer as a wedding present.


  • Heated and softened
    • I melted the butter so that it mixes more easily.

Cake flour

  • this a more finely grained flour which is great for cakes as it has a lower protein content.
  • In Spain, I use harina de reposteria.
    • I like to use cake flour in my recipes because it comes out lighter.

Low speed

  • this refers to the lowest or second to lowest pace on the mixer.
    • Use a low speed to mix the ingredients so they don’t clump up.

High speed

  • This is the highest or one of the higher speeds on the mixer.
    • Once the ingredients are combined, mix them on high speed for 5 minutes.

Scrape the walls

  • use a sharp edge to remove something from the walls, in this case I was referring to the batter.
    • Make sure you scrape the batter from the walls so that it all gets mixed together.  

Fluffy batter

  • batter is the mixture of the ingredients and fluffy means light and full of air.
    • After mixing the batter for 5 minutes, it should be light and fluffy.  

Vocabulary Minute 4:00 – end


  • That the object has some type of oil or butter on it so that it does not stick to the batter.
    • I always pre-grease my pans with butter so that the cake doesn’t stick to it.


  • something that has a light layer of flour on it so that it does not stick.
    • My pans are greased and floured so that it is easier to remove the cake later.

Use some muscle

  • This is an expression we use to say that you need to use physical strength to do something.
    • I really need to use some muscle to get rid of all the dirt on the wall.  

Toothpick test

  • This refers to an easy and effective way to check if the cake is completely cooked.
  • Stick a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean (meaning there is no batter sticking to the toothpick) than your cake it done.
    • Before you take the cake out, do a toothpick test. It may need an extra minute!


  • To allow something to become colder.
    • It’s a good idea to let the cake cool before removing it from the pan or else it may break.

Wire rack

  • A plate made out of metal that allows air to cool the bottom of the cake.
    • It’s quite common to cool cakes or cookies on a wire rack before serving them.

Whipped/whipping cream

  • Whip means to mix something in a certain way.
    • Whipping cream is cream that has been mixed to the point that it is no longer in liquid form.

Stiff peaks

  • When the whipping cream does not move anymore but looks like mountain peaks (the tops of the mountains).
  • This is how you know the whipping cream is done.
    • Keep mixing the cream until it forms stiff peaks.


  • to arrange something to be seen.
    • She had a beautiful display of flowers on the table.


1/2 cup (113 grams) butter2 large eggs
1 cup (200 grams) and 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (187 grams) cake flour 1 kilo of mixed berries
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 cup (115 grams) jam
1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup (122) heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup (122 grams) milk

Now that you have seen Recipes in English: Berry Shortcake, take a look at our Recipes in English series:
Recipes in English: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Recipes in English: Bunny Carrot Cake

Gluten Free Crepes

Cooking in English: Gluten Free Crepes

In Spain it’s called Carnival, in the US it’s Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Christians refer to it as Shrove day and in Ireland it’s referred to as Pancake Tuesday. Tuesday (Feb. 16th) or the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday signifies the last day to party or eat too much before we enter into the fasting phase of lent (Cuaresma).

As Clare is from Ireland, she has prepared her version of Pancake Tuesday with this delicious recipe for Gluten-Free Crepes, which are very similar to pancakes.

  • Self rising flour – flour containing a substance that makes cakes swell when they are cooked
  • Raising agent – something added to cause the flour to be lifted up or become higher
  • Trials and errors – a way of achieving an aim of solving a problem by trying a number of different methods and learning from the mistakes that you make
  • Pseudo-cereal – a fake cereal
  • Binds – to make a mixture stick together in a solid mass
  • Sieve –  /sɪv/ to put a liquid or powder through a sieve
  • Pinch of … – a small amount of something that a person can hold between their first finger and thumb
  • Free range eggs – eggs that come from chickens that were not kept in cages
  • Spongy – soft and able to absorb or having already absorbed a lot of liquid, like a sponge
  • Lumpy – containing little balls of flour or mixture
  • To set – to leave a mixture to become hard or solid
  • At least – the minimum
  • A squeeze of… – to press something firmly 
  • To wilt (down) – to soften from the heat, to cook leaves

Cooking in English: Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving stuffing is a recipe lots of people have asked me for over the years. It’s really quite simple and delicious. Find the full recipe below. And don’t forget to share the video if you liked it.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

170 grams butter 1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 onion chopped ½ teaspoon pepper
2 celery stalks chopped 1 teaspoon thyme
9 cups of soft bread cubed 1 teaspoon sage
1 cup raisons 3 cups finely chopped apple

Heat the butter in a large pot and stir in onion and celery. Cook five minutes. Mix the rest of the ingredients with the butter mixture. Stuff the turkey right before cooking. A stuffed turkey should be cooked 15 minutes for each pound. (1 kilo = 2.2 pounds).

Shepherd’s / Cottage Pie

Clare brings us a truly versatile dish that all adults and kids will love. Perfect for these cold days and even better as left overs! Don’t forget to check some new vocabulary down below.


Stroke – /
Sheep – oveja
minced beef – carne picada
brought up – criada
chopped – picado
sauté – salteado
without further ado – sin mas demora  
diced – en dados
pick something out – sacar con dedos
hail storm – granizado
where the hell is… donde coño esta…
beef stock – caldo de carne
don’t be mean to your mashed potatoes – usa una buena cantidad de patatas
pressure cooker – olla exprés
kettle – tetera
thingamajig – chisme, cosa
lumps – grumos
potato masher – pasapures
creamy – cremosa
sealed – cerrado
crispy – tostado, crujiente

Cooking in English – Brownies


Peanut Butter Batter Brownie Batter
3/4 cups (190 grams) of smooth peanut butter 3 ounces (85 grams) unsweetened cholocate
2/3 cups (135 grams) granulated sugar 1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter
1 large egg 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extra 2 large eggs
a couple pinches of coarse sea salt. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
2/3 cup (85 grams) flour


Cooking in English Margaritas

Cooking in English – Margaritas

Our favorite Quarentinie!!! This is an easy but delicious mixed drink recipe that anyone can make at home. And it’s just in time for summer (even when its cold and rainy in June)

Cooking in English – Margaritas

Syrup Cocktail
– 50 gm sugar – Syrup
-120 ml water – 90 ml of tequila ( silver, white)
-120 ml lime juice (2-3 limes) – 60 ml orange liqueur ( Cointreau, Gran Marnier, etc.)

Cooking in English – Apple Crumble

Round two of Cooking in English! This time we have the traditional Irish dessert Apple Crumble made by none other than Clare herself. It’s a typical dessert in Ireland mainly due to the locally sourced basic ingredients, such as flour, butter, sugar and apples. It’s usually an autumn or winter dessert as it’s best served warm. Clare and her siblings sometimes came home and what started as a merienda turned into a full Apple Crumble meal.

Check below for some vocabulary and the recipe is at he end of the video.

Cooking in English – Apple Crumble


Without further ado – sin más preámbulos
stew – guisar
release – liberar
cloves – clavos
put in there – añadir
oats – copas de avena
certainly not – de ninguna manera
transform – transformar
resembles – parecerse
bread cumbs – pan rallado
golden – dorada
the proof is in the pudding – lo sabrás si es bueno a probarlo

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Watch the video, read up on all the ingredients and learn some vocabulary and interesting facts about pancakes.

Cooking in English – Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 cup (226.8 grams) of flour
¼ teaspoon (1.23 grams) salt
1 Tablespoon (14.3 grams) Brown Sugar (or regular sugar)
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 large egg
¾ cup (174 grams) milk
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Chocolate chips
Butter or Margarine

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in small bowl.
2. Beat egg.
3. Add milk and oil and the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
4. Heat a pan or grill. When hot, add a bit of butter to the surface.
5. Use small ladle to pour batter onto got grill.
6. Add chocolate chips to the pancakes.
7. When bubbles appear, flip the pancakes and cook for another minute or two.
8. Serve with syrup and/or fruit.

Learn some vocabulary used in the video
Fluffy- esponjoso
Sunflower seeds- Semillas de girasol
Baking powder- levadura (Royal)
Scooper/Ladle- cacillo
bubbles- burbujas
Flip- voltear
To double up- doblar  
Syrup- Sirope

Every country has their own style of pancake. Click here to learn about the different types and about why people in the US call them Silver Dollar Pancakes.