Strawberry Shortcake

5.18.2012

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Strawberry Shortcake
Adapted from Alice Waters “The Art of Simple Food”

Makes 6

4 cups of strawberries hulled and sliced
1/4 cup sugar

1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sugar or to taste

Cream Biscuits
1 1/2 cupe AP flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick ) cold butter, cut into small pieces.
3/4 cup heavy cream


In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries and sugar. Remove 1 cup of the strawberry mixture, and purée it in a blender or food processor. Return the purée to the rest of the strawberries; stir. Set aside at least 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar (if using) and baking powder. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or your fingertips. The pieces should be the size of small peas. Measure cream; set aside 1 tablespoon. Add the remaining cream to the flour, and stir with a fork until the mixture just comes together. Lightly knead the dough a few times in the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured board, and roll out about 3/4 inch thick. Cut six 2-inch circles or squares out of the dough. Reroll the scraps, if necessary. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and brush the tops with the tablespoon of cream. Bake for 17 minutes or until golden and done.

In a standing mixer with the whisk attachment, whip together the cream, vanilla and sugar until it starts to form soft peaks. Slice the Cream Biscuits in half. For each biscuit, spoon the strawberry mixture onto the bottom half, and add a dollop of whipped cream. Top with the other biscuit half.

20 comments:

  1. i like your blog, it's interessting... and especially i love your pictures!:)

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  2. oh, nicole. your photos get me every time. must make!!!

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  3. You take wonderful food pictures! Seriously inspiring! And the shortcake looks YUMMY!

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  4. That looks really delicious!

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  5. Hi

    I love strawberry shortcake. Our strawberry slopes are just beginning to ripen and I love trying out new recipes. I have the same tablecloth.

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  6. I love strawberry shortcake and plan to make some soon. I will try out this recipe. We have strawberries growing in our front yard in NJ. They cover the whole front slope and the side slope of the driveway. They are just starting to ripen as of yesterday.

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  7. My favorite early summer delicacy. This is exactly the way I would make it. Your images elevate it into art ~

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  8. Really beautiful photos. I'm so looking forward to strawberry season.

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  9. I haven't had a Strawberry Shortcake in a while. This might get me inspired to make it really soon.

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  10. Your blog is the sort I aspire to. Strawberry shortcakes with sweet cream biscuits are a personal, albeit indulgent, fave. Truly southern.

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  11. Yum! These look so delicious! I will have to try them out soon! x

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  12. As usual an ammazing array of photographs with an equally amazing dessert:)

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  13. This looks great, I always love strawberries! The last three pic´s look great!

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  14. Gorgeous, Nicole! My mouth is watering looking at these photos.

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  15. This will be kept in mind. Thank you.

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  16. I like your blog and fotos! The strawberry shortcake I have to try! Of course!

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