Monday, May 2, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I should be ashamed to admit it, but this homely, pedestrian dessert is one of my personal favorites. In fairness to myself, I must tell you that this is not the shortcake of childhood memory. The base of this dessert is a berry laced cream scone that is topped with fruit that's been macerated in orange liqueur and then covered with a small scoop of soft ice cream. The ice cream I make comes from a recipe developed by David Liebovitz and you can see that recipe here. I make the ice cream to his specifications just before serving to keep it soft. If you don't want to make ice cream, you can achieve a similar affect by placing a commercial ice cream in the refrigerator for an hour before serving. You can also replace the ice cream with whipped cream. Most of you are familiar with my recipe for cream scones. I've altered it slightly to use for shortcake, adding a bit of almond extract and strawberries to the original recipe. In order to finish the shortcakes, I top them with additional berries, a drizzle of warm strawberry jam and a top hat of whipped cream. This really is a lovely recipe. I hope you will enjoy it.

Strawberry Shortcake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Strawberries
4 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup granulated Sugar
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur
Whipped Cream 1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Shortcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided use
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced strawberries
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/4 cups heavy cream
Ice Cream
2 small scoops per serving

Directions:
1) To make strawberries: Wash, drain and slice strawberries. Sprinkle with sugar and toss to coat. Sprinkle with orange liqueur and lightly toss again. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
2) To make whipped cream: Combine ingredients in stainless steel bowl. Whip to stiff peaks. Refrigerate.
3) To make shortcakes: Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking power, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into dry ingredients. Stir in strawberries. Add heavy cream and almond extract and stir by hand just until dough forms. Dough will be soft and sticky. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough just holds together. Press dough into a 8 to 9-inch circle, 1-inch thick. Cut into 8 3-inch rounds. Place scones on baking sheet and sprinkle with reserved sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees or until scones are a light golden brown on top.
4) To serve: Cut shortbread in half horizontally, separating top from bottom half. Place bottom half of biscuit in a medium bowl. Cover biscuit bottom with 1/2 cup of strawberry mixture. Place two small scoops of vanilla ice cream in center of biscuit bottom. Place remaining biscuit half on top of ice cream. Spoon additional berry mixture over biscuit top to moisten it. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.








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89 comments:

Anna A. said...

looooooove strawbs in grand mariner! The "scone" shortcake also sounds amazing. I am excited for strawberry season.

Ollamha Anne said...

Now why would you be ashamed of loving the perfect dessert in all its many glorious variations! Yum!

Chelsea said...

Seriously.... for days I've been wanting to make strawberry shortcake. Mouth. Watering.

Priya said...

Cant take my eyes from that wonderful looking shortcake,stunning and irresistible..

Yasmin said...

Mary, this looks tryely scrumptious! I love how bright and colourful it is! The strawberries look so ripe and juicy! Perfect.

Cheers,
Yas

Sabby said...

Your photographs and dishes are soooooooooooooooooo very mouth watery I can even express.....really superb blog and wondering which camera do you use to photograph.

Sabby
Food Fun Freak
http://foodfunfreak.blogspot.com/

Su said...

Another one of your tempting deserts... :)
Big kiss

maris (In Good Taste) said...

You have just posted one of my very favorite desserts! This looks fabulous and has seriously made me crave this strawberry shortcake!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I am impressed not only with the recipe, but your photography. I have tried to photograph strawberry shortcake in the past and it always looks like a complete mess. Yours is stunning.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

I LOVE strawberry shortcakes and this looks so delicious Mary! Your picture is stunning. PERFECT!

Food Glorious Food! said...

Strawberries.... wow they sure look delicious! Happy to have followed your blog... bookmarking this definitely!

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Ruth said...

This looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Jay said...

omggggggg,,,d color rocks...any left over will be okey for me...:PP
Tasty Appetite

Gwenevere said...

I can never decide...shortcake or angelfood cake. I think this post just helped me make up my mind (at least for this years mother's day desert).

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds wonderful! The Margarita Cheesecake from one year ago looks mighty good too:@)

Suman Singh said...

This looks incredibly good...now thats a stunning dish...great recipe..thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Looks nice and yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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Pam said...

Nothing beats homemade strawberry shortcake!

Holly Henry said...

Who doesn't love this dessert! It is ultimately what I yearn for around this time of year. Thank you for sharing your eloquent take on this traditional favorite!

Hollt

The Blonde Duck said...

Simple and classic!

What's next said...

sounds wonderful. I've never had it on a scone...

Big Dude said...

My oh my, this is a far cry from my childhood version of dessert cups filled with mashed strawberries and topped with milk. I still prefer the enhanced flavor from mashed berries. Bev has mentioned this a couple of times lately and I've held off, but with berries in the fridge that need eating, I believe I may have to cave.

Blue Fruit said...

Yum, yum, yum! Even the mixing bowls would be good for scraping out on a delicious spoon! The image is almost edible!

beetlelovescupcakes said...

Oh my Oh my! This looks so YUMMY! I just want to reach into the screen and eat it!

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

Well, they've said it all, I think! But can I just ask if you use Picasa for your lovely photos?
Thanks.
Claudia

Kim said...

Shortcake is a perfect dessert to. Every years, for my birthday, my mom used to bake one for me! I was so happy every time! With the addition of a big scoop of vanille ice cream, it's even better! I so agree with Lebovitz mekes the best ice cream!

Ana Rita said...

Ohhh God!!!This is just so tempting....Perfect!

Kisses,
Rita

nat. said...

It looks absolutely delicious! Would be glad to taste .. :)

Elaine said...

This looks wonderful. Strawberry shortcake is one of my very favorite desserts to make when we have dinner guests in the Spring and Summer months. I have never had it with ice cream though. Now that I have an ice cream maker I shall have to give this a try. Have a great day, Mary!

From the Kitchen said...

Shame on you, indeed! I, however, am shamelessly going to add almond extract to my scone recipe that I use for strawberry shortbread. Ah, spring--the green of asparagus and the red of strawberries!!

Best,
Bonnie

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

This looks amazing! what a great picture and the recipe sounds delicious, can't wait to try it!
Mary

Faith said...

I really love the idea of using a scone as shortcake, Mary! I will definitely be trying that idea this summer!

Jenn said...

I love strawberry shortcake too. My love comes from my childhood. Though all my mom would use were Bisquick biscuits, it was always such a special treat. If there is strawberry shortcake and chocolate cake to choose from, now, I seem to always have a hard time deciding on which one to eat!!

PeggyR said...

That looks really good!

Claudia said...

This is indeed a lovely recipe. The use of the scones for the shortcake is something I will be trying.

Parsley Sage said...

Pttttffffffthhh! Nothing homely about THAT dessert. Wowsa! Every detail is carefully thought out and perfected. Well done!

elle marie said...

I don't remember when I had Strawberry Shortcake on a biscuit, I'm so intrigued. Was this born Stateside?

Isabel said...

Thanks Mary, for your visit.
I loveo your blog, you´re very professional and your photos looks so good...
Besos

martu said...

It looks lovely. It might taste delicious. Congratulations! Have a nice week. Marta

Ei said...

There's no shame in being a strawberry shortcake lover! It's my favorite. I have it as my birthday cake every year. This looks like a lovely take on the traditional version. My birthday is in two weeks...dare I try a new recipe? :)

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

This looks so delicious and perfect for spring. When I was growing up we always made strawberry shortcakes with pound cake - it was only recently that I found out that a scone or biscuit was the "right" way!

- Maggie

Tracy said...

Perfect. I'm going to borrow this for a family dinner next Sunday. As always, you dance so beautifully well with the culinary muses.

girls who like to gorge said...

This looks fantastic for summer!! :) xxxxx

June said...

Now you're cookin'. No soggy old berry loaded cake for you but cream scones with homemade soft serve ice cream. You've done it again Mary - it looks delicious. You're like the engergizer bunny of the kitchen! You just never stop! Why can't we be neighbors?

Lucy said...

I love strawberry shortcake and fresh whipped cream - delicious!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

WOW! It looks perfect! Absolutely perfect!

Gloria said...

This strwberry cheesecake look amazing Mary, I love it!!Love strawberry! gloria

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...delicious and very lovely shortcake...

Mamatkamal said...

You have a natural gift to create so much mouth-watery dishes! Thanks for the recipe and have a great day Mary!
Cheers

lena said...

mary, this looks so good! i would prefer mine with ice cream! lovely! also i just posted the lemon bavarian cream cake couple of minutes ago. Cheers!

paula MARIANA said...

No Words for this Mary, just....hummmmmm

kisses and have a good week

Janice said...

Your photograph is stunning and the addition of icecream sounds delightful. Do you really need 1 tablespoon of baking powder? Seems like an awful lot to me.

Katrina (Betty Ray) said...

How could anyone not want to bite into this immediately. Looks so great. Can't wait to give it a try.

Mini Baker said...

wow! this is so beautiful and I love the grand mariner part. have a wonderful day!
-mini baker :)

Lucie said...

So classic, and so satisfying!

That Girl said...

in my opinion, strawberries make any dessert.

Beloved Green said...

I don't think you could layer that any higher. Sooooo good.

Ana Powell said...

I would love have been able to take that awesome tower of strawberry shortcake down.
Tremendously delicious ♥

Susan said...

Great minds think alike, Mary! I made Strawberry Shortcake last night, too, but macerated my berries in Limoncello - I'll be posting it soon. When I was a kid, I always asked for Strawberry Shortcake for my birthday cake! But, I had to laugh at you noting this is not the Strawberry Shortcake of your childhood, because my mom always used Bisquick, and for a long time, I didn't know any other way to make it! LOL! xoxo

Dianna said...

That looks absolutely fabulous. I cannot wait to try it. And I will this week. Yummy.

Cheryl said...

Now that is some kicked up Strawberry Shortcake, I want to come live with you!

Sunanda said...

OMG itlooks amazing.. would love to havea bite :)
Sunanda's Kitchen

Allison said...

I love strawberry shortcake and you are right this is not the spongy cake base from my childhood. This looks unbelievable. YUM!

teresa said...

i can see why it's your favorite, and it's so beautiful! great for the summertime.

Indrė said...

How much I miss real, tasty, juicy Lithuanian strawberries! Can't wait for summer and will definitely try this recipe.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That to me is one perfect bite ;-) Diane

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That to me is one perfect bite ;-) Diane

Tinny said...

Ciao Mary, thank you for visiting my blog. I will follow you with pleasure! Un saluto dall'Italia.

Jennifurla said...

I have yet to make this gorgeous staple! Actually, dont think I have ever tried one...must bake it!

Kelly said...

It's been an incredibly long time since I've had strawberry shortcake. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it homely as I do think it is lovely in it's own way, but you're right, it's not as exotic as a lot of the things 'foodie's' stereotypically consume, but delicious none the less.

Ginny said...

Oh how luscious looking!!! Hmmm... using a scone, I never hought of that.

Wendy Irene said...

This very beautiful recipe makes me excited for fruit season!! :) Happy May!

Stevie said...

Strawberry shortcake is one of my mother's favorites. She had a huge one constructed for her birthday one year when I was in college. I remember that it was so big and droopy that we used a regular tall candle to light it and sing by. We were all afraid without the extra support the thing might collapse.

I'm super impressed that you make your own ice cream. I always get it as an afterthought at the local deli.

Foodness Gracious said...

Oh man, this is like the Porsche of shortcakes, way to kick it up a notch!
Thanks..

Karen Harris said...

This is a lovely version of a great old recipe. Everytime I dust this old favorite recipe off, I get rave reviews. I'm going to have to dress it up next time with your version.

Juliana said...

Oh! Your strawberry shortcake is just perfect...it is one of my husband favorite desserts. The picture is so tempting. Have a great week ahead Mary :-)

Hazel said...

Mary this looks absolutely divine. It is a beautiful day today and I think one of your strawberry shortcakes would make it perfect!

Joanne said...

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest! And strawberry shortcake is nothing to be scoffed at. This looks delicious!

Greg said...

No shame in loving a classic. This is a great recipe, and you did it well. Wonderful photo.

Alessandra said...

This is the best strawberry shortcake I've ever seen!

chefpandita.com said...

Love the photo! I included this recipe in today's Delicious Links post :)

yummychunklet said...

This looks so simple yet elegant! And it works perfectly because I just made my own strawberry compote!

FLORY said...

This is a great recipe,simple,but very goood!

sally said...

There is nothing homely about this gorgeous dessert! It looks wonderful!

The Harried Cook said...

Mary... you make my mouth water with all your recipe, but this one literally takes the 'cake'! It looks absolutely delicious... Thank you for sharing :)

Cooking Creation said...

Wow... this looks divine! I'm bookmarking this and making it for my mother on Mother's Day!! Thanks for sharing :)

Ryan said...

That is a beauty! Strawberry shortcake reminds me of being a child too-- and the Strawberry Festival in FL, so now my mouth is watering. This looks absolutely perfect and like spring on a plate!

Nathalia said...

Mary: Es un placer recibirte en mi cocina, asi que te doy las gracias por la visita y los lindos comentarios que me dejaste. He estado mirando tu blog y me doy cuenta de que será una gran guía para mí. Tus recetas se ven riquisimas y ya hay varias que quiero hacer.
Un abrazo y espero que nos sigamos leyendo.

treatment for anxiety in children said...

Yummy shortcake. It's not just the taste but the sweet smell of strawberry.


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