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May 9, 2013

strawberry shortcakeAfter buying a huge flat of strawberries, I realized that I need to find a few ways to use them up. These shortcakes are so delicious, you will never want store bought ones again!

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Yield: 10-12 shortcakes

Ingredients:

  • Shortcakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 stick butter, cut into 1/2 in. pieces
  • 2/3-3/4 cup half and half (or milk)
  • Strawberries:
  • 4 lb strawberries, cut into slices
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • whipped cream, optional

Steps:

  1. Wash strawberries. Remove tops, slice, and place in a large bowl. Add powdered sugar and combine well. Set aside.
  2. sliced strawberries
     
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Combine well.
  5. stir flour mixture
     
  6. Add butter cubes to flour mixture and combine with a pastry cutter (or pulse in a food processor). Only tiny pieces of butter should remain.
  7. mix in butter
     
    flour butter mixture
     
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  8. Create a well in the middle of the flour mixture, then add 2/3 cup half and half. Combine with a fork until moist. Add a little more if necessary. Dough may not hold together yet. Let stand for a few minutes.
  9. add half and half
     
    shortcake dough
     
  10. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead 2-3 times, until dough holds together and is no longer sticky.
  11. knead dough
     
  12. Pat the dough out until it is about 3/4 in. thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out as many shortcakes as possible. Recombine dough pieces, pat flat, and cut out as many as possible.
  13. pat out dough
     
    cut shortcakes
     
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  14. Place shortcakes onto a greased cookie sheet. Using your fingers brush tops with half and half, then sprinkle with sugar.
  15. brush with half and half
     
    sprinkle with sugar
     
  16. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until shortcakes have risen and are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  17. shortcakes on cooling rack
     
  18. While still warm, split the shortcakes in half using a knife. Place strawberry slices on the bottom half, followed by whipped cream. Place the top back on and add another layer of strawberries and whipped cream. Enjoy!
  19. strawberry shortcake 2
     
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