Because really, what is the one thing that Strawberry Shortcakes are missing? Chocolate! We went to a dear friend’s baby blessing yesterday with a luncheon before and so I of course volunteered to make treats. These were perfect, summery and light and yummy, just the right amount of chocolate. The recipe comes from “My Recipes”. I doubled the recipe and made them a little smaller (1/4 cup scoops instead of the 1/3 cup called for) and ended up with about 16 cakes.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar plus extra for sprinkling
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons milk
4 cups (about 16 oz) strawberries, stemmed and sliced (about 3 1/2 cups sliced)
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 Preheat oven to 425. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1/4 cup sugar into large bowl. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. (I used my pastry cutter.)
2 Stir in milk until a rough dough forms. (I had to add almost double the amount of milk to get it to stick together.) Do not overmix. Divide dough into 4 equal portions (a heaping 1/3 cup each). Gently shape into mounds and sprinkle tops with sugar. Transfer to baking sheet and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 12 – 14 minutes. Transfer biscuits to wire rack to cool.
3 Toss strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar in bowl. (I just served the strawberries without sugar.) Let stand a room temperature, stirring occasionally, until juices form, about 30 minutes. Using a hand mixer on high, whip cream and 2 tablespoons sugar in large bowl until soft peaks form. (Or use my recipe for whipping cream found here.)
4 Using a serrated knife, slice each biscuit in half horizontally and place 1 bottom half on each of 4 plates. Spoon 1/4 berry mixture on each bottom. Dollop with whipped cream and top with remaining biscuit halves. (I put another dollop of cream on top and then a few more berries on top of that.)