dare i say scrumptious?

i like to imagine this is the kind of thing audrey hepburn would have made for her boyfriend…

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the yummiest, melt-in-your-mouth dessert you’ll ever taste.

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old-fashioned strawberry shortcake!

the recipe:

ingredients:

for strawberry filling –

1 quart fresh strawberries + 1/3 cup sugar

for shortcake –

2 cups flour + 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar + 1 tablespoon baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1 stick cold unsalted butter + 3/4 cup cream

for whipped cream –

1 pint heavy whipping cream + 1 1/2 tablespoon burbon whiskey (i omit this simply because i don’t have it – tastes fine without.) + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract + 1/4 cup powdered sugar

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preparation:

for strawberry filling:

1. wash strawberries and slice.

2. put sliced berries in bowl and add sugar. stir.

3. cover and let sit for an hour at room temp.

for shortcake:

1. put oven rack at center. preheat to 425 degrees.

2. in bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

3. slice butter into 1/4 inch thick pieces and then cut into mixture with pastry cutter. cut into course mixture like corn meal, leaving some pea-sized pieces of butter.

4. in center of mixture, form a well and pour the cream into it. stir in only until the dough is moist. doesn’t need to yet hold together like dough, so don’t overmix. let this sit for a few minutes while you flour countertop/breadboard.

5. carefully turn dough out onto the floured surface, and knead it just a few times until it is just holding together and not quite so well. take care not to work dough too much, or shortbread will not rise. gently work dough into a rectangle about 7X10 and 3/4 inches thick.

6. grease baking sheet with butter.

7. using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 rectangles. gently transfer to greased baking sheet.

8. brush tops of biscuits with a little milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar. put in preheated oven.

9. bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until they rise and are golden color on top.

10. remove to a plate.

for whipped cream:

1. while shortbread is baking, mix heavy whipping cream, [bourbon], and vanilla in a bowl. add powdered sugar and mix in.

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construction:

1. let biscuits cool. use serrated knife and split each biscuit that you will be using horizontally. butter, if desired. set tops to the side.

2. heap about half cup of berry mixture onto the bottom halves of the shortcake biscuits. replace tops. place a couple more spoonfuls of berries on top, and top with a huge spoonful of whipped cream.

3. serve & enjoy!

(i certainly cannot take credit for this recipe. it is from here.)

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One Response

  1. Hi, I was looking for pictures of Audrey Hepburn and I would like to use this one as part of present for someone. Could I use it? Thank you, Rachael Kugler

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