Strawberry, Mint and Thyme Shortcake

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Biscuits:
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream, plus 2 tablespoons for brushing
  • 1 orange, zested
  • Berries and Cream:
  • 6 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced, or a mix of fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh mint, leaves picked and thinly sliced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • For the biscuits: Pulse the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in the food processor, about 5 seconds. Add the cold butter cubes. Using on/off turns, process until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

  • In a liquid measure, combine the heavy cream and orange zest. Add the heavy cream-orange mixture to the dry ingredients in the processor and pulse just until moist clumps form. Gather the dough into a ball (with floured hands if the dough is sticky). Gently knead 5 turns on a floured surface. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 3/4 inch-thick. Using a 3-inch diameter biscuit cutter, cut out 3 rounds. Cook's Note: To prevent the dough from sticking to the biscuit cutter, dip the edge of the cutter in flour before cutting out the biscuits.

  • Gather the dough scraps and reroll as needed to make 3 more 3-inch rounds.

  • Arrange the rounds on the prepared sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons cream and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake the biscuits until pale golden and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. (Biscuits can be made 2 hours ahead.)

  • For the berries and cream: Combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, mint, thyme and orange zest in a medium bowl. Stir to blend. Let stand at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cook's Note: For a spirited, adult-friendly version, add a splash of orange liqueur, like Grand Marnier, to the berry mix.

  • For the whipped cream: Combine the heavy cream, vanilla extract, almond extract and sugar in a food processor or a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form.

  • For assembly: Cut the biscuits in half horizontally. Place 1 biscuit bottom in each of 6 bowls. Top each with 1 cup berry mixture, 3 heaping tablespoons whipped cream and then cover with the top portion of the biscuit. Add another dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Go for it!


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