An Old-Fashioned Favorite: Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake Your Family Will Beg For

The simple mention of strawberry shortcake conjures up images of childhood -- summer visits to grandma's house, swimming, and catching fireflies. Few desserts elicit such a familiar response, ensuring that it is a perpetual favorite among both the young and the old. Here's a strawberry shortcake recipe worthy of such fondness.

Start With Fresh Strawberries

Ideally, strawberry shortcake should be made with fresh-picked strawberries, still warm from the summer sun. If these are not available, the ripest store-bought berries will work, but allow them to come to room temperature. Slice the strawberries and place them in a bowl, sprinkle them lightly with sugar and allow the concoction to sit while you prepare the shortcake biscuits.

Bake Light, Fluffy, Sweet Shortcake Biscuits

To make your grandmother's shortcake, start by sifting 3 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 ½ tablespoons of baking powder and ¾ teaspoon of salt together into a bowl.

Cut 12 tablespoons of unsalted butter into the flour mixture, and then pulse in a food processor until the butter pieces are smaller than the size of a pea. Mix 1 ½ cups heavy cream and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract together, then pour into a well made in the center of the flour mixture.

Mix all of the ingredients together using a fork; once you have formed a loose, dry ball, knead the ball until it is slightly more formed.

Roll the dough ball out on a floured surface and roll it flat until you have created a square, approximately 9" x 9" and slightly less than 1" thick. Place the dough on a sheet on wax paper, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Once the dough is cool and firm, cut it into 3" squares (you will be able to make 9 squares altogether), place them on a baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes at 425°F, until a light golden brown.

Strawberries Plus Shortcake Biscuits Equals A Delightful Dessert

While the biscuits are still warm, spoon the strawberry mixture over them and cover with whipped cream. The end result is a delightful, old-fashioned and delicious strawberry shortcake dessert that is sure to please everyone at your dinner table, young and old alike!

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