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

Amanda Gordan reading poem

#Amandagorman – The hill we climb

#Amandagorman became famous over night after reading her poem #thehillweclimb at the #Biden #inauguration. She makes reference to the turmoil at the #capital uprising but also looks toward a positive future with #Kamalaharris as the first multi-racial female vice president.

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promised glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

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

Wear a mask – and learn some swear words

Listen to Mrs. Potts swearing (usando groserias) while telling you to wear a mask. What do you think this line means: ‘Wear a mask! Wear a mask! Get your head out of your a$$!’
There’s not only a great message and vocabulary for you to learn, but some cultural references as well, such as the name Karen. Click here to learn about what this reference means.

Video about systemic racism

Systemic Racism Explained

Henry & Tator (2006) ( ) defined structural racism as ‘…inequalities rooted in the system-wide operation of a society that excludes substantial numbers of members of particular groups from significant participation in major social institutions.’

What is Systemic Racism?

With all the protests going on in the US right now, many people ask ‘How could this happen?’ The thing is that many people within the US don’t even know about many of these policies that were put in place over many years that have a ripple effect on the people of today.

We should all reflect on policies that are put in effect today that may effect us as a society tomorrow.

We Are the World 2020

We Are the World (2020) Together at Home

This is a SUPER uplifting (“super mega uplifting” as my daughter would say) video to watch where you will hear some amazing voices from You-tubers. If you are familiar with the original We Are the World song from 1985 than you are old like me. If you don’t know anything about the original song (or you are just feeling nostalgic), click here to see it and laugh at the 80’s hair-dos and let me please introduce you to Cindy Lauper and a couple of young guys, Micheal Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. Then you can come back and watch this one too!

Bill Gates BBC Breakfast

BBC One – Breakfast

Last month we shared a video of Bill Gates from years ago predicting the epidemic we are currently living. This month we are sharing a video of him talking about what should be done now and in the future on BBC Breakfast (Another great source for English!). It’s an interesting watch and we think we need to start listening to him and scientists who know what they are talking about, so click here to go to BBC Breakfast or watch the Youtube video of the same interview below (remember with Youtube videos you can also put on automated subtitles).