It’s about to be strawberry season, so I have a perfect recipe for you. A single, large strawberry shortcake. It’s a really simple dish, but it’s a showstopper. Every time I bring this out, I get a ton of “oohs and aahs.” It’s really cool, but the thing is, it takes no time at all.
Here’s what you do. Slice up a bunch of strawberries, add some sugar, and let them macerate for an hour or three (you can add some Grand Marnier, orange curacao or the like if you desire, but it’s not necessary). Then make your big-ass shortcake. It’s just self-rising flour, sugar, salt, butter and buttermilk. Whip up some heavy cream with vanilla and sugar, and then serve by cutting that big-ass shortcake in half, putting berries and cream in the middle, and some more on top. Just look at the picture, will ya????
Anyhow, recipe is after the break. And really, it’s incredibly easy, but it’ll dazzle your guests. And man, does it ever taste good!
For the shortcake
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter
- 7/8 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut cold butter into tablespoon-sized pieces, add to flour mixture, and cut in with a pastry cutter until butter is like coarse crumbs. Add liquid all at once, stir gently to bring it together, and turn onto a flat surface dusted with flour. Knead gently 2-4 times, folding the dough over itself. It will still be somewhat coarse and fairly wet. Scrape up dough, and then drop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let is spread out. Bake for about 14 minutes until golden brown.
Strawberries and Assembly
Hull and slice approximately 1 quart of strawberries. Add 1/4 cup sugar and, if desired, a “splash” of orange flavored liqueur, and toss. Whip 1 pint of whipping/heavy cream with 3 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla.
Cut warm, baked shortcake in half using a long, serrated knife. Gently remove top. Spoon 3/4 of the juicy strawberries onto the bottom half of the shortcake, followed by 3/4 of the whipped cream. Put on the top of the shortcake, and then add remaining berries and whipped cream. Cut into wedges and serve. Sit back and enjoy the compliments from your guests, as they will be very happy.