Tuesday, July 10, 2012

That's It Strawberry Shortcake

Summer is a great season for desserts because my favorite fruits are in season. Strawberries being on the top of that favorites list and what's better than strawberry shortcake!

Shortcake Ingredients 
·       2 cups of all-purpose flour
·       1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
·       2 tbs of Sugar
·       2 tsp baking powder
·       1/4 tsp of baking soda
 Strawberry Ingredients
·       1 lb of strawberries ( de-stemmed and sliced)
·       5 tbs of sugar
Whipped Cream Ingredients
·       1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
·       3 tbs of sugar
·       1 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
·       1 tsp of freshly grated lemon zest

Bake: 400        Baking Time: 18 minutes        Serving Size: 6 people

How to put it together
1.Rinse, de-stem, and slice the strawberries and place in a bowl with the 5 tbs of suger. Toss and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to help develop the juices and tenderize the strawberries.
2.Sift together all the dry ingredients for the shortcake: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar
3.Slowly add the heavy cream until the mixture is just combined. You don't want the mixture to be too wet, you may not use all of the cream.
4.Using an ice cream scooper, scoop the dough into a cupcake tin, unlined and not greased. Once full bake for 18 minutes
5.While they are baking, now is a perfect time to put together the whipped cream. In a bowl combine the 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream, 3 tbs of sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest.
6.Using a mixer, whip the mixture until soft peaks form. This will take about 2 minutes.
7.Now all you need to do is piece them all together. Once the shortcake is cooled, cut them in half.
8.Place some of the strawberries on the bottom, a dollop of the whipped cream, then another layer of strawberries, a dollop of whipped cream and then replace the top.
9.Repeat step 8 until you have filled all of the shortcakes. 
10. Place them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them.
Serve on a small dish with the strawberry juice and strawberries drizzled on top


Eat Well & Adventure On,

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