Biscuits for Strawberry Shortcake

13Jul09

Shortcakes_plate2

Chris and I are lucky that we both have moms that have fed us well our whole lives. Chris swears his mom makes the best brownies ever, and in college I remember his care packages being some of the best I’ve seen. This weekend she sent us home with the makings for Strawberry Shortcake for a quick yummy dessert after our long drive. (Thanks, Debbie!) The recipe I used for the biscuits is, again, from The Joy of Cooking. I added sugar, and substituted half & half for the milk to make them sweeter and richer.

Shortcake Biscuits (recipe claims to make 20… but really makes 10)
2 cups Flour, plus extra for dusting
2 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
4 Tbsp Sugar
6 Tbsp Cold Butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup Half & Half

Preheat to 425. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add in the cold butter. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter in until it looks like bread crumbs. Ever heard that and wondered what the heck that looked like? Here you go:

Shortcakes_dough

Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the half & half until the mixture is all moistened. Then using your hands, roll the dough into a ball and knead a few (5-10) times, to evenly distribute everything and pick up any dry mix left in the bowl. There are a couple ways to get the biscuits onto your baking sheet. You could pull off a chunk of dough and flatten by hand, which makes for a more mountainous/lumpy biscuit (I like these). Or you can sprinkle some flour onto a surface and use your hands or a rolling pin to press the dough out so it’s about 1/2 an inch thick. Then use a glass to cut rounds. Don’t twist the glass, though, or the biscuits will rise unevenly.

Shortcakes_cutouts

Place the biscuits onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I like to use parchment paper but you don’t have to). Bake 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm out of the oven! Split with a fork and stuff sugared strawberries and whipped cream (or cool whip!) in the middle. Grandma always served these in a bowl, with milk or cream poured in to moisten everything up. Yum! Here’s what hand-formed biscuits look like:

Shortcakes_biscuits

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3 Responses to “Biscuits for Strawberry Shortcake”

  1. That looks amazing!! I love strawberry shortcake!

  2. 2 katemotter

    thanks, mmclaughlin! they were quite tasty. in fact, someone who shall remain nameless ate two 😉

  3. Hey! I saw you on 20sb today so I figured I’d stop by and check out what you’ve got on here! I have a couple blogs myself, if you want to check them out. The link in here is to my personal blog, I also have a recipe blog that’s kind of just begun. Swing by if you’d like!


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