Summer reminds me of my nanny's strawberry shortcake. I got the recipe from her a few years ago. She was our nanny for 12 years. All good memories.
2 pints strawberries, tops removed and sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 stick cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup white sugar plus 3 tbs sugar for toppings
1 tbs white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs balsamic glaze
You will need:
4 mixing bowls
Large tray greased or lined with parchment
Ice cream scoop
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In one bowl- add the sliced strawberries, 2 tbs of sugar, balsamic glaze, lemon juice and a tiny pinch of salt. Mix together well and allow to macerate in the fridge while you make the biscuits.
In a clean bowl add flour, baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 cup sugar. Using your fingers add the very cold butter (I like to cube mine and then set it up in the freezer for 5 minutes) to the dry ingredients. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients creating a grainy sand texture. Set aside.
Pour the wet bowl into the butter incorporated dry bowl. Mix until it just comes together. Do not over mix.
Using an ice cream scoop- place the biscuits on the greased or parchment lined tray. Put into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove once the tops are slightly golden and they are spongy but firm to the touch.
While biscuits bake- add the heavy cream and remaining 1 tbs of sugar to the last clean bowl. Blend using your hand mixer (or tough it out and do it by hand)- until you get soft peaks. You do not want to over mix your whipped cream.
Once biscuits have cooled for a few minutes assemble your shortcakes your way. I like to cut the biscuits in half and fill them with the whipped cream and strawberries.
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