Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberries are ripe and ready to enjoy!  If your family is anything like ours we always have at least 3 cartons in our fridge.  I stopped by our local organic grocery store and noticed they had a sale on strawberries.  I grabbed up as many cartons as I could hold and had the perfect recipe in mind for dessert.



Mother's Day, last Sunday, my husband treated me to a lovely dinner at a local restaurant, Mattie's Tavern, and we basked in stilton cheese, prime filet, fish and bread goodness! As we were walking out I noticed a cookbook that needed to be bought.  It's called the Brothers Cuisine and is a compilation of Mattie's best and most popular recipes.  Amazing is all I have to say! I am itching to make ALL of their dishes.  Since I bought loads of strawberries I thought their Strawberry Shortcake would be more then appropriate! 



Ingredients

Shortcakes:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 ounces unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 large egg

Strawberry Sauce:
1 1/2 cups fresh organic strawberries, rinsed, stemmed and quartered
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 fresh lemon, juiced

Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon tahitian vanilla extract

Strawberries:
3 pints of fresh organic strawberries


Preparation

To Make The Shortcakes:
Sift the flour, sugar baking powder and salt.  Chop the butter into small pieces.  In a bowl of a standing mixer, add the flour mixture and butter.  Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until butter is the size of a peas.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and egg.  Add the cream-egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix on low speed until dough forms. 

Place the dough on a floured working surface.  Roll into a rectangle abotu 1/2-inch thick.  lightly dust the dough with flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. Fold the dough in thirds like a letter , and then rotate the dough so the rectangle is in front of you.  Repeat the rolling process and folding of the dough.  Roll out the dough one more time about 1/2-inch thick. Using  a 3-inch round cookie cutter, punch the shortcakes.  Place the cakes on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Gather the scrapes, roll into a ball, and roll out to punch more shortcakes.  Chill the cakes int he freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, beat together the egg and 2 teaspoons water.  Using a pastry brush, coat the tops of the shortcakes and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. 

To Make The Strawberry Sauce:
In a sauce pan, add the strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the heat and let simmer until the strawberries cook down and the juice thickens.  Puree in a blender and pour through a sieve.  Refrigerate and chill.

To Make The Whipped Cream:
In a fitted bowl of a standing mixer (or hand mixer), combine the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract, and mix until peaks form.  Refrigerate the whipped cream.

To Prepare The Strawberries:
Rinse, stem and cut he strawberries into quarters.  Place the berries into a mixing bowl.

To Serve:
Mix the strawberry sauce into the bowl of cut strawberries, and let sit for 5-10 minutes.  Split the baked shortcakes in half, horizontally, to make two pieces:a top and bottom.  Place the bottom onto serving plates.  Top the shortcake bottoms with a scoop of strawberry mixture, continued by a large dollop of whipping cream. Top the whipping cream with another spoon-full of strawberries and strawberry juice.  Sprinkle the shortcake top with powdered sugar and place on top of shortcake.  Serve! 

Recipe Adapted from Brother Cuisine 

18 comments:

  1. Your photos are amazing. This makes me want to make strawberry shortcakes immediately. :)

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  2. BEAUTIFUL photography!
    I love Strawberry Shortcake. It reminds me of my childhood.

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  3. this looks amazing - I adore strawberry shortcake!

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  4. Your strawberry shortcakes make me think of picnics and summer. They look so good, can't wait to try. Still early here for strawberries but won't be long now that the warm weather has finally arrived. Thanks so much for the recipe and look very forward to trying and sharing.

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  5. if it wasn't pouring outside right now i would hope on my bike to go to the store and get strawberries to make this! :)

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  6. Gorgeous photo! This makes me want to whip something up with strawberries pronto! On a side note- your daughters are precious!

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  7. Very lovely, and they don't look too labor intensive either.
    If you like Strawberry stuffs, try Paula Deen's strawberry cake recipe- found on foodnetwork...its amazing. I made one for my 10 year olds birthday last month.
    Thanks for sharing- looks perfect for a quick dessert.

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  8. Thanks Everyone!!! They are pretty easy!! A definite must make :)

    And Thanks Audra! :)

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  9. it looks fantastic :) I definitely would like to eat one :)

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  10. Nice & Yummy shots!
    I'm your newest follower via GFC & FB from Finding New Friends Blog Hop!
    See you around...
    Have a great weekend!

    Tina
    Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner

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  11. Oh My! It all looks so delicious. Your photo and presentation is great.

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  12. Hi! Following you from the Finding
    New Friends blog hop! Hope you visit
    me and return the follow!:0)

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  13. I am in LOVE with your photography!! Gorgeous. Super excited to find you as I am a bit of a foodie stalker ;)

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  14. I am so happy to find a shortcake recipe that doesn't require buttermilk. I love strawberry shortcake, but don't make it, because I live in a small village in Mexico and can't get buttermilk. I've been making all kinds of strawberry desserts recently (I'll be posting a chocolate and strawberry dessert on my chocolate blog in a few days), and this is next on my list. I can't wait to make my family happy with this traditional favorite dessert. Thank you!

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  15. Beautiful!!! Here in Louisiana, it is definitely Strawberry season. I can't wait to try your version of my favorite dessert. BTW, I'm a new follower.

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  16. Delicious shortcake. Great food photo.

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  17. YUM! The pictures are wonderful!

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  18. I'm thinking about trying this out, but I was curious to know how many people this recipe serves? Thanks! :)

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