Friday, May 28, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake



Strawberry shortcake is such a terrific summer dessert. I decided to make some tonight as I had leftover strawberries after making a pie last weekend. Strawberry rhubarb pie is my favorite, but shortcake is close second for a great use of fresh strawberries.

I am always challenged with sizing things down for the two of us. Last year I figured out that half of this recipe baked in a loaf pan makes a nice amount of shortcake for two.



Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, well beaten
6 tbsp. cold butter
1/3 cup milk
4 cups fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
whipped cream

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Sift. Work in butter with pastry blender or fingertips; add egg and milk. Mix just until dough is moist. Turn dough into a buttered and floured 8 or 9-inch round cake pan and pat into shape. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes in a 400° oven, or until golden brown. Test with a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out with dough clinging to it, lower the heat to 350° and bake about 5 more minutes. Remove from the pan and split horizontally with a serrated knife. Butter the cut side of both layers. Put layers together with strawberries and their juice between the layers and on top. Garnish with several whole berries and serve with whipped cream.

To Prepare Strawberries:
Prepare strawberries an hour or two before serving. Rinse, hull, and slice 1 quart of fresh strawberries, leaving 8 to 12 whole for garnishing. Place the sliced berries in a bowl; add 3/4 cup brown sugar and let stand for at least 1 hour at room temp.

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