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Seriously delicious strawberry shortcake

April 27, 2010

Oh dear, I fear I have a new favorite dessert.  This was a delicious but not time consuming dessert that was a hit all around the table for grown up and kids.  I was looking for something delicate but delicious to make for my in-laws homecoming and one night in bed Cake declared herself ‘Strawberry Shortcake Caitlyn’ as her new title in the house.  The name didn’t stick but it struck a note with me and I decided to do a bit of research.  I came across a delicious looking shortcake that was garnished with a white balsamic whip cream but I couldn’t actually find white balsamic at superstore so I decided instead to do something with lemon.  Very easy and def a do-over recipe.

Go ahead and gather your ingredients, throw a bowl and beaters into the fridge for when you’re ready to do your whip.

Wash, hull and slice your strawberries and toss with sugar.  Cover and set in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Then cut in the butter until it’s all crumbly!

Add in the milk, egg yolks and lemon rind.  When it’s all combined dump it out onto a very lightly floured surface and knead for a minute.

Shape and roll into about 6 shortcakes, place them on an ungreased sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes.  When they are done immediately remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.  After the ‘cakes’ have cooled slice them in half horizontally being careful not to let them crumble, use a gentle saw motion with a serrated knife.

Now get your whip cream and start to beat it until it starts to get curdle-ish (no that’s not a real word) and then start to sprinkle in your powdered sugar a little at a time to your taste.  I added in about two tablespoons until I was pleased.  Next drizzle in some lemon extract a few drops at a time, I think I used 8 but I wanted a really strong lemon flavour.

Now is the awesome delicious part…build your shortcakes!!!  Shortcake, strawberries (be sure to get lots of the juice), whip cream, and repeat.  I originally wanted some chocolate curls or something but decided against it in the end, I think the lemon was great and I’m glad I didn’t add anything to compete with it.

Pretty huh?

The little ones were for the kids.  Cake wasn’t a big fan of the shortcake but Nay ate it all up, with gusto!!  What a lovely recipe, I’d love to make it again and play around with other flavours.  Here’s the recipe:

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake

5 c fresh strawberries, sliced

1/4 c – 1 tblsp white sugar

2 3/4 c flour

1/4 c sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 c + 2 tblsp cold butter

1/2 c milk

3 egg yolks beaten

2 tblsp grated lemon peel

1 c. whip cream

approx. 2 tblsp powder sugar

lemon extract to taste

1.  Combine strawberries and sugar, cover and refrigerate

2.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.

3.  Combine milk, egg yolks, and lemon peel.  Then stir wet ingredients into dry until mostly combined.  Turn out onto a very lightly floured surface and knead for about a minute.  Divide into 6 shortcakes and shape and roll into disks about 3/4 of an inch thick and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

4.  Bake @ 400 for 12 minutes until the bottom is golden brown.  Immediately remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

5.  Make your whip and then build your cakes!

Oh, they are so delicious, you won’t regret it!!



One Comment leave one →
  1. Mel permalink
    April 29, 2010 1:16 am

    I am for sure making this!!!! Thanks Jenn

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