Strawberry Shortcake

At least once every summer, we have to have my idea of a summer cake - Strawberry Shortcake – we eat it for the whole meal!!  My husband’s golf buddy, Neil, gave us wonderfully delicious home-grown strawberries every day for a week or so – the first day I hadn’t had anything planned ahead for lunch so – in a half hour or less, we had this wonderful shortcake.  Yes, that's a pasta bowl!
I simply take my regular baking powder biscuit recipe and make it a little sweeter and larger for the cake. This is the way we always had it as a kid and I like the biscuit shortcake the best still, warm from the oven.
Shortcake Biscuits
1 cup Flour, All-purpose -- sifted
1/2 tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lard or Cold Butter
3/8 cup Milk
Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in lard until mixture resembles coarse meal or crumbs.
Make a hollow in the flour-shortening mixture and stir in enough milk to make a soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl and sticks to the mixing fork.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead with the heel of the hand 15 times. Roll 3/4" thick.  Cut with a 3 to 4" cutter; (makes 2) place 1" apart on ungreased baking sheet. I use parchment paper.
Let the dough set on the pan for 5 minutes to get a head start on rising.  Then bake in very hot oven (450°) for 12-13 minutes. Split and fill with berries, top with whipped cream.
Strawberries and Whipped Cream
Meanwhile, hull, rinse and drain your berries. I usually slice mine. Sugar them in the bowl and let set at room temperature.  1 quart of berries uses about 1/4 cup sugar - or as much as you like.
While the biscuits are baking, whip some cream for the topping.
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. powdered sugar
I use my Bamix electric stick blender to make this extra quick.
Makes 2 generous servings.  For dessert, this can be made into 4 cakes.
Cost:  Priceless

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Yes. The only way to eat strawberry shortcake. Not only is this the way we had it as kids, it is the way I also still make it.


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