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Very Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake=summer.  It’s such a fresh and fun dessert and it makes me happy…

Strawberry shortcake is actually one of the first semi-homemade desserts that I ever made.  You the kind, store bought angel food cake, strawberries and the strawberry jam or jelly or whatever it is that’s next to the angel food cake at the grocery store… oh, and cool whip.  Mmmmmm cool whip! Nothing wrong with that version at all, if that’s what you fancy, I won’t judge.  But, I will tell you, that I’m a much bigger fan of this version.

I decided that I wanted to try something with biscuits, cause I heard that biscuits are actually the key to aaahmazing strawberry shortcake.  Well, my friends. Biscuits are the BUSINESS!  I really do love this recipe and it’s definitely going down in the books as a family fav and summertime staple :)

If you’re not a big fan of the “from scratch” biscuits, you can totally use pillsbury biscuits… I was a little intimidated at first, but honestly, they’re not very hard to make and they’re phenomenal!

Very Strawberry Shortcake (Recipe Source: Food Network/Emeril Live)

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed, patted dry, hulled, and quartered
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Totally-from-Scratch Biscuits, recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 cups real whipped cream, recipe follows
  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Macerate the strawberries by combining the strawberries, 1/2 cup of the sugar, water, and orange zest in a large bowl. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the strawberries have softened and given up their juices and mixture is chilled, about 1 hour.
  4. While the strawberries are chilling, make the Totally-from-Scratch Biscuits.
  5. When the biscuits are done, using oven mitts or pot holders, remove them from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool. The shortcakes can be served warm or at room temperature.
  6. To assemble the shortcakes: Using a knife or fork, split the biscuits in half horizontally and place the bottom halves on each of 8 plates.
  7. Spoon 1/2 cup of the macerated strawberries on each bottom half. Top each serving with 3 tablespoons of Real Whipped Cream. Lean a biscuit top against each bottom and serve.

From-Scratch Biscuits

  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Sift the self-rising flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the cold butter into the flour until there are no butter pieces larger than a pea.
  4. Add the heavy cream to the flour mixture and, using your hands or a rubber spatula, stir just until the cream and flour come together to form a dough. Do not overmix!
  5. Sprinkle some of the all-purpose flour on a flat surface and place the dough on top of the flour. Using your hands, press the dough into a 1/2-inch thick disk about 8 inches in diameter.
  6. Using a 3-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut the dough into circles. Be sure to press straight downward when cutting the dough – a twisting motion will prevent the dough from rising. You will need to re-form the scraps of dough in order to make 8 biscuits. Do this by gathering the scrap pieces together and pressing, re-form into a 1/2-inch thick disk, then cut as many additional biscuits as possible from the re-formed dough.
  7. Place the biscuits on a small baking sheet and use a pastry brush to brush the tops with the melted butter. Sprinkle with the sugar.
  8. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool briefly and serve while still warm.

Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, well chilled
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place a mixing bowl and the beaters from your electric mixer in the freezer or refrigerator until well chilled, about 15 minutes.
  2. Combine the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract in the mixing bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer on low speed, begin beating the cream, gradually increasing the speed to high as cream thickens. (Do this slowly, or the cream will splatter all over!)
  4. Beat until the cream forms soft peaks. Test to see if it is ready by turning off the mixer and lifting the beaters out of the cream – if the cream makes soft peaks that topple over slightly, then it’s done. Be careful not to overwhip, or the cream will separate and begin to taste like butter.
  5. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Happy strawberry shortcakin’ … ;)