Thursday, June 08, 2006

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Originally uploaded by pwinn.
Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

This recipe features a traditional biscuit-style shortcake. When properly mixed, shortcake dough should be rough, even shaggy. You might be tempted to mix it more, but resist, or you won’t end up with a flaky biscuit. Work the dough on a lightly floured work surface, gently pressing and patting it into a thick rectangle. Incorporating too much flour will make the dough tough. Cutting the dough into squares is preferable to rounds, which leave scraps that must be patted back together to form more cakes. The result is overworked dough and a few tough shortcakes. Squares will all turn out equally tender and delicious.

For the shortcakes:
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into
small pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the strawberries:
4 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into slices
1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup sugar

For the whipped cream:
3/4 cup heavy cream, well chilled
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the shortcakes, preheat an oven to 400°F.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the pieces are no larger than peas. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and gently toss with a fork or rubber spatula until the flour is just moistened and the ingredients are blended.

Turn the shaggy dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently press the dough into a thick rectangle about 6 by 4 inches. Using a large sharp knife, trim the edges even, then cut the dough into 6 equal squares.

Place the squares on an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them well apart. Bake until they are puffed and golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly or completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the strawberries: In a bowl, toss together the strawberries and sugar with a fork, lightly crushing some of the berries. Cover the berries and refrigerate until well chilled or until ready to serve.

To make the whipped cream, in a deep bowl, combine the cream, sugar and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form and the cream is billowy, about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve or for up to 2 hours.

To serve, split the warm or cooled shortcakes in half horizontally and place the bottom halves, cut side up, on serving plates. Spoon some of the strawberries, including the juices, over each half and top with a dollop of the whipped cream. Top with the remaining shortcake halves, cut side down. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection


Anonymous said...

That looks so good!

Marci said...

What a beautiful presentation. I know I said this in an earlier comment, but I LOVE your dishes. Anything blue and white catches my eye.

Reviekat said...

Looks yummy! Strawberry shortcake is great for hot summer evenings. :)

Magistra Mommy said...

Yummy! I am having a family barbeque 2 weekends from now and that looks like just the ticket for dessert. Thank you for sharing! :o)

In His joy,
Mrs. Wilt

Kelli said...

Farm girl...I love blue and white together too. :0)

Mrs. Wilt, you may want to double the recipe for company. It only makes about 6 squares. I hope you like it!

Tina Leigh said...

Is that fat free...looks like it to me! I would pick the strawberries out, give them to Danny & eat the rest!!!!YUM!

Kelli said...

Tina, I do believe I used fat free butter and cream. Haha. ;0)


Unknown said...

Thank You! I saw a similar recipe in a magazine or book or something I have on my bookshelf a few weeks ago and haven't been able to find it since.
It looks so good! I just want to reach through my screen and take it! lol.

Thanks again for posting it!