Strawberry Shortcake

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

The Strawberries:

2 pints strawberries, washed, hulled and split

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier

The Shortcake:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus some additional for rolling out the dough

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon salt

Zest from 1/2 lemon

6 tablespoons lightly salted butter, cut into small cubes

2 hard-boiled egg yolks

1 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nonstick spray, to grease the baking sheet

1 pint raspberry sorbet

1 1/2 to 2 cups whipped cream

Directions

  1. Prepare the strawberries: In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar and orange liqueur and refrigerate for a few minutes to allow the strawberries to macerate. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Make the shortcake: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and lemon zest. Work in the butter cubes with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Then, using a spoon, press the egg yolks through a mesh sieve into the flour mixture and combine with your hands. Add the cream and vanilla and mix until it forms a dough. It should be fairly wet. 
  3. Finish and bake the biscuits: On a lightly floured surface, flatten and shape the dough until it is about 1 1/2 inches thick. The less you work the dough, the more tender your biscuits will be. Use a knife to cut the dough into 2-inch squares. Lightly roll the scraps back into one piece and cut additional squares. To me, thicker, smaller-size cakes are moister after they bake and taste better the next day! Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake until lightly brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool. 
  4. To serve: Split the shortcakes like a sandwich to create a top and a bottom piece. Spoon the strawberries and their juices over the bottom half of each shortcake bottom. Place a scoop of raspberry sorbet in the center of the bottom half and cover it with whipped cream and more strawberries for a little hidden surprise. Top with the other biscuit top. Serve immediately.
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