Strawberry Shortcake Two Ways

Now, don’t engage someone in a discussion of strawberry shortcake unless you’re really prepared to get serious about it. Many  people seem to have firm beliefs about what a shortcake is. Some prefer a heartier vehicle for their strawberries and cream. Some want something that resembles pound cake. Others swear angel food cake is the way to go. Well, shout with joy, strawberry season is finally here! You can have your strawberries any way you like.

The first recipe, from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book, produces a shortcake with a biscuit-like consistency, though it is much more delicate than any biscuit you might have for breakfast. (It should be – there’s a lot of cream in that dough.) The second recipe will shock shortcake purists: it’s chocolate.

Traditional Strawberry Shortcake

Whisk together:
2 cups AP flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbls. sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest (optional)

With a knife or pastry blender, cut in:
4 tbls. unsalted butter

Stir in:
1 cup cream

Add:
2-3 tbls. of milk, one at a time until the dough comes together

On a piece of parchment paper, gently pat the dough into a rectangle. Slice into 8 rectangles and separate them. Bake for 25 minutes at 350F.

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Combine:
2 cups AP flour
2 tbls. sugar
1 tbls. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

With a knife or pastry blender, cut in:
8 tbls. butter

Over low heat, melt:
1/2 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
and whisk in:
1/2 c. milk

Stir the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients until blended. Knead in additional 1/2 c. of chocolate chips. Pat into a rectangle (about 1/2 inch thick). Cut into 8 rectangles and separate. Bake at 450F for 8 minutes.

Notes:

  • Fresh Strawberry Puree would also be a nice topping.
  • Both types of shortcakes can be wrapped and stored in the freezer. You never know when you’ll need dessert on those hot, summer nights.
  • Serve, of course, with sweetened whipped cream. Or, go all out with some vanilla ice cream. (Mora has marscapone ice cream right now. Oh, my!)
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