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4/14/2014

Strawberry Shortcake

Last Friday was our last Alpha Class for the season.  I asked my Facebook friends all about Strawberry Short Cake and they all said to use sweet biscuits.  I googled for a bit and came across one of my favorite sites.  Joy of Baking and posted was just what I was looking for.

I do have to say I was a bit preoccupied and made the biscuits to thin, but in the end I don't think it really mattered.  I did double everything and made two batches of the scones.

 Strawberry Shortcake – Joy of Baking

Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter
1 large egg,
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cream, half and half, or milk

Filling:
2 pounds fresh strawberries
1/4 cup - 1/3 cup granulated white sugar (or to taste)

Topping:
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35-40% butterfat)
1 - 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar (or to taste)

Scones:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.   In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.  Whisk together the egg, cream and vanilla extract and add to the flour mixture, mixing just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat or roll the dough into a 7 inch (18 cm) round. With a 3 inch (7 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack.

Filling:
Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Place about one third of the strawberries in a large bowl and crush them with a potato masher or fork. Add the remaining sliced strawberries, along with the sugar. (The amount of sugar used will depend on how sweet the berries are.) Set aside to macerate at room temperature for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Whipped Cream:
Chill the bowl and whisk in the freezer for about 15 - 30 minutes. Place the cream and sugar in the bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. The whipped cream can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few hours.

To serve:
Cut the scones in half and place the bottom half of the scone (soft side up) on a dessert plate. Top with some of the strawberries and whipped cream. Place the top half of the scone on the strawberries. Top with whipped cream and a few more strawberries. If there is any juice from the strawberries, drizzle a little over the top of the scone. Serve immediately.

Serves about 6 - 8 people.


They came out wonderful and I would definitely make them again, but make the scones a bit thicker.  They are just easier to split when they are a little thicker.

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