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Summer Strawberry Shortcake

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Last week wasNational Strawberry Shortcake Day! For us here at Pacific Merchants, even if we’re late, it’s just a great excuse to get out our Mason Cash baking supplies and bake up a storm!

To make strawberry shortcake, you’re going to need a few bowls in a few different sizes: one for making the fruit filling, one for whipping the cream, and one for mixing up the dough.  Naturally, this was a perfect excuse for us to whip out our Mason Cash strawberry mixing bowls. They come in four sizes, so I used the littlest one to eat out of, the next  up for the whipped cream, the 2 quart for the strawberries, and the large mixing bowl to make the dough!

Mason Cash bowls are perfect for strawberry shortcake because both the bowls and the desserts are classics with a long history. Strawberry shortcakes were actually mentioned in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, so we felt it was natural to make a British heritage dessert in bowls from a British heritage company.  And while Mason Cash isn’t Shakespeare old, it does date back to the early 1800’s.  So let’s get cooking

You can use anything from angel food cake to pound cake to biscuits for your shortcake dough. Personally, I love this scone-inspired dough. It’s not too sweet,  it’s sturdy enough to hold up to juicy strawberries, and it comes together easily with just a little work and very little equipment, just a large mixing bowl, a couple of butter knives, and a wooden spoon.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg,
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup half and half

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place rack in middle of oven.
  •  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
  • Whisk together the egg, half and half, lemon zest and vanilla extract and add to the flour mixture, mixing just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat or roll the dough into a 7 inch round.
  • With a 3 inch round cookie cutter or an overturned drinking glass, cut out rounds and place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream.
  •  Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

Once those scones are cooling, start on the strawberry filling. Because strawberries are so good this time of year, they don’t need much, just a little sugar, some orange zest, maybe a splash of vanilla and (if you’re serving adults) a dash of bourbon, which really highlights the sweetness of the berries.  This mixture fits perfectly into a medium Mason Cash bowl, or you can use your large strawberry mixing bowl again.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Zest of one orange
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons good bourbon, optional (if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t use it)

Instructions

  • Wash, hull and quarter the strawberries.
  • Toss strawberries with the sugar, citrus zest, vanilla extract and bourbon
  • Let sit for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour before using

Next, use a small bowl to whip up some cream. You can use a larger bowl and more cream if you want more whipped cream, but 1 cup of cream is plenty for me (probably because I put ice cream on my shortcake as well.  Do this right before serving or your whipped cream will fall flat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl
  • Whisk until medium peaks are formed
  • Serve!

Now, assemble your shortcake!

  • Split each scone in half.
  • Put a few strawberries on the bottom of the scone.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Put a generous helping of strawberries over the top of the ice cream
  • Top with the second half of the scone
  • Top with whipped cream and more strawberries.
  • Enjoy

It’s Strawberry Season!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Rise of Strawberry Popularity

First bred in Brittany, France in approximately 1740, strawberries are one of the world’s most popular fruits, and are especially popular in the United States. Used around the world in preserves, juices and pies, the United States is first in strawberry growth, growing 1.1 million tons of the fruit in 2008 (Mexico was a distant second with 207,485 tons).

Strawberries and Your Health

According to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, strawberries are third only to blueberries and walnuts in terms of antioxidant capacity. Strawberries are also a very healthy way to indulge a sweet tooth, as one cup (144 grams) of strawberries contains only 45 calories (on average) and is high in Vitamin C and flavonoids (which give strawberries some of their antioxidant properties).

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Thanks to the California Strawberry Commission for this wonderful recipe for their “Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Shortcake,” you can visit their website for more information about this wonderful fruit!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
  • 2 Eggs, Divided
  • 2 Pint Baskets of Fresh Strawberries (Stemmed and sliced)
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream (we recommend fresh whipping cream), whipped and sweetened

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • In a small mixing bowl blend buttermilk, lemon peel, one whole egg and one egg yolk. Stir into the flour mixture to make a soft dough. Divide dough into six equal portions.
  • On a floured board, pat each portion of dough into a three-inch circle, and place on greased baking sheet. Brush generously with the remaining egg white, beaten. Sprinkle generously with additional sugar.
  • Bake in 450° Fahrenheit oven for 10-12 minutes (until golden). Remove from pan and cool on rack.
  • Sweeten strawberries, to taste (*author’s note: you may want to macerate your strawberries, depending on your preferences).
  • Slice each shortcake in half horizontally with a sharp knife. Fill and garnish with strawberries and whipped cream.

This recipe yields six servings.


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