Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake
Yield: 10 shortcakes Prep 20 mins Cook 20 mins to 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups pastry or cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus additional to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups strawberry ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Powdered sugar

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F.

2. Line 1 large or 2 small baking trays with a piece of parchment paper.

3. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt with a few on/off pulses. Add chilled butter, and process just until combined. With the motor running, pour the cream through the feed tube, stopping just before the dough forms a ball.

4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and gently knead to form a smooth ball. Do not overwork. Roll out dough to a 3/4-inch-thick round. Using a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out 7 circles. Knead scraps together, roll, and cut out 3 more circles.

5. Arrange the circles on prepared baking trays, brush tops with cream, and sprinkle lightly with remaining sugar. Bake 5 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degree F, and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until cakes are golden and firm to the touch. Cool on a rack.

6. To serve, slice each shortbread in half lengthwise. Place a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt on bottom half, and cover with top half. Garnish with berries and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.