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The Best Strawberry Shortcake

It’s strawberry season! I was so excited to see “native” (a.k.a. “local”) strawberries at my family’s farm market today!  We celebrated with strawberry shortcake tonight. 

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There are three components to strawberry shortcake: strawberries, biscuits, and whipped cream.  This recipe serves 4, and can be easily modified for any number of people.

Strawberries

  • In-season strawberries from your area are the best.  Mash a quart early in the day, at least a few hours before you want to make shortcakes, with a few tablespoons of sugar or honey.  Cover and let them sit at room temperature so the juices collect.

Biscuits

  • Today, I used the fresh-baked biscuits from my family’s farm market, but if you want to make your own, try my baking powder biscuits or buttermilk biscuits.  I keep telling myself that someday I’ll try shortcakes made with raspberry-cranberry scones.
  • When you’re ready to make the shortcakes, slice four biscuits in half.  Spread them with butter, then sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.  Place them in a frying pan, butter-side down, and toast them over a medium-low flame.

Whipped Cream

  • You can whip the cream while the biscuits toast.  Combine 1 cup cream, 1 Tbsp sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract in a bowl.  Beat with a hand mixer or by hand with a whisk until soft peaks form. 

To assemble the shortcakes:

  • Place the bottom of the toasted biscuit in a bowl. 
  • Spoon on some strawberries, then some whipped cream.
  • Add the top of the biscuit.
  • Spoon on more berries, then more whipped cream.

This is my favorite summer dessert! What’s yours?

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