Thursday, July 01, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

Oh, it rocked, my dessert!  I am ever so pleased.  I have no idea why I haven't made this before, especially for the in-laws, who I am always trying to impress with my cooking skills AND force them to experience my culture.  Heh heh heh.

But I'm not completely culturally insensitive to my Danish palates (not to be confused with Danish pallets or palettes).  I altered the recipe somewhat, mostly by decreasing the sugar.  Also I substituted creme fraiche for sour cream, because I can't get sour creme in Denmark, but it's practically the same thing.  I'll give you the recipe as it is offered in my Better Homes and Garden's cookbook with my changes in italics.

While you can absolutely make strawberry shortcake with pound cake or angel food cake, I love biscuits.  Therefore this recipe begins with making some biscuits...

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar in this case, I did use 1/4 cup of sugar because it's for baking the biscuits
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda (called "natron" in Danish)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup of cold butter (aprox. 75 g.)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dairy sour cream or 1/2 creme fraiche (I used 9% and it may have affected the dough which was a little wet, but it tasted lovely)
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 5 cups sliced strawberries I measured 5 cups of strawberries before I sliced them and had enough
  • 3 tbsp. sugar or 1-2 tbsp because I had fewer strawberries and they were pretty sweet on their own
  • sweetened whipped cream made my own by whipping 1 cup heavy cream (piskede fløde in DK), 1 heaping tbsp of powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions
1.  Preheat the oven to 400 F/200C.  In a small bowl, slice strawberries and sprinkle desired amount of sugar over them; set aside.  Lightly grease a baking sheet (or use baking paper); set aside.  In a medium bowl stir together flour, the 1/4 cup of sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  In a small bowl combine egg, sour cream, and milk.  Add to flour mixture; stir with a fork just until moistened.
2.  Drop dough into 8 mounds onto prepared baking sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.


Mine came out a little flat, I think this may be because the dough was very wet, possibly because I used a low fat creme fraiche.
3.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine 4 cups of the strawberries and 3 tbsps sugar unless you did this already.  Using a potato masher or an egg beater because you don't have a potato masher, mash berries slightly; set aside.  Make sweetened whipped cream.  To serve, halve shortcakes; fill with strawberries and sweetened whipped cream.  Top with remaining sliced strawberries or not because this makes no sense.


YUM!

2 comments:

  1. Looks incredibly yummy! I'd like to try that, but I don't have one of those pastry cutter thingies and if I tell my dane that I need another kitchen gadget he may blow a gasket.

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  2. Yummy! And I agree...Danes are not too keen on sweet things. Which is really weird because Peter LOVES sweet stuff.

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