a really really long time ago.

 

 

The recipe for strawberry shortcake. And it comes straight from Martha, so you know it is going to be good.  It is definitely a well loved desert at our house. I can’t even get the words strawberry and shortcake out of my mouth and our families are asking, when and where:)

 

Strawberry Shortcake

What you need

For the berries:

2 pints  strawberries

1/4 cup sugar

juice of 1 lemon

 

For the biscuits:

2 cups all-purpose flour

6 Tbs sugar

1 Tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 Tbs cold unsalted butter

1 cup heavy cream

 

For the egg wash:

1 large egg

1 Tbs heavy cream

 

For the whipped cream:

1/2 c heavy cream

1 heaping Tbs powdered sugar

 

*Slice up strawberries and place in a bowl.  Add the lemon juice and the sugar and gently toss to combine.  Let the strawberries sit at room temperature for 1 hour so the juices are drawn out.

 

*Preaheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cut the butter into pea sized pieces.  Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles course breadcrumbs.  The little lumps that remain make the biscuits flaky, so don’t cut them too fine.  Pour in the cup of heavy cream and mix with a fork just until it starts to come together.  The less you mix, the more tender your biscuits will be.

 

*Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and press it into a 6 inch square that is about 1 inch thick.  Use a 2 1/2 inch round cutter to make 4 biscuits and lay them on a baking sheet.  Gather the scraps and press them into a 6×3 inch rectangle.  Cut out two more biscuits and lay them on the baking sheet. (I like to take the rest of the scraps and make them into a little circle and bake them too! The shortcake is the best part of the recipe and this way you get to taste test:)

 

*Whisk together the egg and 1 Tbs of heavy cream.  Lightly coat the tops of the biscuits with a pastry brush.  Bake them for approximatly 25 minutes.

 

*Using a hand mixer, whip the cream and powdered sugar together until soft peaks form.

 

*Top your shortcake with whipped cream and strawberries and stand back and admire your handiwork.  They are super yummy and I know you will love them:)

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