Strawberry Short Cake

What better way to re-live the memories of childhood and youth, than strawberry shortcake…
Strawberry shortcake basically consists of sliced strawberries that have been infused with sugar and whipped cream served over a cake or biscuit. I prefer strawberry shortcake made with a biscuit. 
We love to eat strawberry short cakes during the summer months.
 
Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients:
 
Biscuits:
All purpose flour: 1 cup
Baking powder: ½tbsp
Sugar: 1½ tbsp
Butter: 57g
Fresh cream: ¼ cup + 1 tbsp
 
Filling:
Strawberries: 2 cups
Sugar: 2 tbsp
Whipping cream: 1 cup
 
Method:

Filling:

        1.   Wash the berries in cold water and drain well.

        2.   Chop ½of the berries finely and the rest ½ into bite sized cubes.

        3.   Mash the finely chopped berries and mix them with the bite sized ones in a bowl.

     

        4.   Add sugar to this and mix well.

      5.   Keep them for 1 hour in room temperature.

        6.      Whip the cream in a bowl with 1 tbsp sugar, till soft peaks form and keep in the fridge.

Biscuits:
        1.   Preheat the oven to 210O C.
   
      2.   In a bowl take flour, baking powder and sugar and mix them.

      3.   Add butter to the mixture and mix with your finger tips until the mixture gets a coarse texture (somewhat like bread crumbs). There will be some pea-sized chunks of butter left in the mixture.
        4.   Make a well in the center of the mixture and add cream to it.

      5.   Stir in the cream with a fork just until the mixture becomes moist. (The dough will not hold together nicely at this stage).
        6.   Keep the dough cling-wrapped in the fridge for a minute or two.

      7.   Keep the dough on a lightly floured surface.

      8.   Knead it only for 2-3 times, until it holds together.

       9.   Gently pat the dough and cut into biscuits with a round cutter.

    10.   Transfer to the oven tray and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

      11.    Remove from the oven and split each biscuit in two horizontal halves with serrate knife.

     12.    Lightly butter the halves and keep in a wire rack as they are ready to be filled.
 
Final:
     1.   Take 1-2 tbsp of strawberry mixture (according to the size of biscuits) and spread it on the bottom half of the biscuit.
 
     2.   Take 1 tbsp of cream and put a dollop of cream on the strawberry mixture.
 
     3.   Keep the top half of the biscuit on the cream and press lightly, so as to spread the cream a bit.
 
     4.   Top with 2-3 bite sized strawberries from mixture and a bit of cream.
 
     5.   Repeat for other biscuits.
Notes:
     1.   The strawberry mixture and cream can be served separately in small bowls , so that everyone can add them according to their taste.
     2.   I have kept the biscuits thin because my family loves the overpowering taste of the strawberry mixture. You can make them thick and big.
     3.   You try these scones/biscuits with sugar infused pineapple as well (same as strawberry).

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