Berry Short Cake

Berry Short Cake

Why you should make this recipe:

I work in Kodaikanal where every year the strawberry farms that surround the town lay out lucious stawberries. A very popular recipe using strawberry is the Berry shortcake.

The Strawberries are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit an hour or so, until the they have surrendered a great deal of their juices (macerated).  These are then topped on to the shortcake making a delicious dessert. 

Ingredients

For the Shortcakes

  • Flour – 3 cups
  • Sugar – ⅓ cup
  • Baking powder – 1 ½ tbs.
  • Salt – 1 tsp.
  • Canola or almond oil – 6 tbs
  • Almond milk –  ¾ cup plus more for brushing
  • Vanilla extract  – ½ tsp.
  • Almond extract – ⅛ tsp.

For the Topping

  • Fresh Strawberries or any other berries – 4 cups
  • Confectioners’ sugar – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbs.
  • Vanilla extract – 4 drops
  • Salt – Pinch
  • Light whipped cream – 2 cups

Method

To make Shortcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 220°C, and coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
  • Stir in oil until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • In separate bowl, whisk together almond milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  • Stir almond milk mixture into flour mixture until soft dough forms.
  • Turn out dough onto floured work surface, and roll to 1-inch thickness.
  • Cut out 8 Shortcakes with 2 ½ -inch round cutter.
  • Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush Shortcake tops with almond milk.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until Shortcakes are golden brown.
  • Cool 10 minutes.

To prepare topping:

  • Combine berries, confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt in bowl.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.

To serve:

  • Split Shortcakes in half, and place bottoms on serving plate.
  • Top with 1/4 cup berry mixture and 2 tbs. whipped cream.
  • Place tops of Shortcakes on top, and add remaining 1/4 cup berry mixture and remaining 2 tbs. whipped cream.

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