One of my favorite desserts of the summer is Strawberry Shortcake and once I saw these beautiful berries in the store, I knew I'd make my mother's shortcake to accompany them. Her biscuits recipe is simple, but seems to showcase so well the sweet, red strawberries that are showing up in your local grocery store. These are still coming from California, but I noticed the deeper red and just one bite, I could taste pure sunshine!
Strawberry Shortcake is one of those desserts that just puts a smile on your face. I like the biscuit-like shortcake, but you could also use pound cake or even angel food cake. However, to me those wouldn't evoke the memories that this did today.
Strawberry Shortcake 101
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 T + 2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Kosher salt
3 T granulated sugar
8 T (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
3/4 to 1 cup cold buttermilk*
1 egg to brush the top of the biscuits with
*the amount of buttermilk maybe determined by the humidity in the air--when the dough comes together, you've added enough.
2 pints Strawberries
1-2 cups heavy cream
1-2 T confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla paste or extract
For the Shortcake:
Preheat oven to 425F-degrees. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix all the dry ingredients to combine. Add the cold butter pieces and on med/low speed mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
Meanwhile, stem and slice the strawberries. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the berries to macerate, 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
To assemble, whip the heavy cream with a whisk attachment. I was excited to use the copper bowl that my daughter, Erin, gave me for Mother's Day. It takes a little arm strength, but it can be a good workout. Once the heavy cream has reached the consistency, add the confectioners' sugar and then, the vanilla paste or extract.
Our grandson, Ari is doing his first camping out this weekend and Madison is going to a petting zoo. Our picnics are in the past and we're just hoping it doesn't rain tomorrow here in the Pacific Northwest. What's important, is remembering all the men and women who have served this country in the military. Especially in our family, my great grandfather, both grandfathers, my Dad, three brothers and two nephews. Enjoy!