Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
One of America's favorite dessert, strawberry shortcake begs to be eaten start to finish. Sweet, juicy California strawberries and mounds of whipped cream cradled between layers of oven-fresh shortcake, a magical combinatiion which never goes out of style. Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce is a delightful variation of this tried and true favorite. The shortcake is made extra delicious by adding whipping cream instead of buttermilk to the mixture. When paired with fresh California strawberries, the result is a rich, decadent shortcake that begs to be rivaled.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cups cold whipping cream
Fresh Strawberry Sauce
1 pint basket California strawberries (12 ounces), stemmed and halved
Sugar to taste
1 pint basket California strawberries (12 ounces), stemmed and sliced
1 1/2 cups whipping cream, whipped and sweetened with sugar, to taste
Mint sprigs, for garnish
Heat oven to 350 degrees. To make shortcakes, in bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Gently stir with fork, gradually mix in cream until just combined. Mixture should barely hold together. With hands, form dough into six balls; place 3 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in center of oven 25 to 30 minutes until light golden brown; cool on baking sheet. Meanwhile, to make Fresh Strawberry Sauce, in blender container, purée strawberries until smooth. Sweeten to taste with sugar; cover and set aside. Split shortcakes horizontally. Divide sauce among six dessert plates; top each with a shortcake bottom, 1/4 cup sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup whipped cream. Cover with shortcake tops. Spoon remaining strawberries and whipped cream over shortcakes, dividing equally. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 662 calories; 45 g fat; 163 mg cholesterol; 679 mg sodium; 60 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 7 g protein.
Thanks to the California Strawberry Commission for this great recipe.