Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcakes

Spent some of the day Saturday making treats for a church activity that night, I made these from the Food Network and also made a chocolate version which you can find here.  Both are pretty easy to make, I changed up the Food Network recipe a bit so you can check the link for the original version.  Both were a hit and gone at the end of the night.

shortcakes:

1 1/2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg, slightly beaten

Turbinado sugar

filling:

4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced

2 – 3 tablespoons sugar

homemade whipped cream, recipe here

1  Preheat oven to 400.  Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

2  For shortcakes, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.  Add butter and, using pastry cutter or two forks, work into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

3  Whisk together buttermilk and egg in small bowl.  Add to flour mixture and mix just until dough comes together.  Scoop 1/4 cup portions onto baking sheet.  Sprinkle with Turbinado sugar liberally.  Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

4  For filling, combine sliced strawberries and sugar in large bowl and let stand until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy, about 15 minutes.  (Can also let sit in fridge until ready to use.)  Prepare homemade whipped cream as per instructions.

5  To assemble, split shortcakes.  Place bottom half on plate, top with berries and cream then finish with top of shortcake.

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