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Home Cookin': Strawberry Shortcake 

Published June 24, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.

click to enlarge Strawberry shortcakes ready to eat - SAM SIMON
  • Sam Simon
  • Strawberry shortcakes ready to eat
I try to make the most of the short strawberry season by incorporating the ruby-red jewels into my daily menu as much as possible. In June and early July, I toss berries into my morning bowl of cereal and serve shortcake for dinner at least once or twice. 

In celebration of the fabulous strawberry, I offer my recipe for the best shortcake. This is a great one to make with kids after a long afternoon of picking your own berries. Flaky biscuits, strawberries with a twist and homemade whipped cream — what more could you ask for?


Strawberry Shortcake
Biscuits (adapted from Betty Crocker)

Ingredients: 
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons  plus 1 teaspoon sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ cup buttermilk
9 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into ¼-inch slices

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or use a cast iron skillet.

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Using a pastry cutter or two butter knives, blend the butter into the mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.

Add the buttermilk and mix with a spoon until it just comes together.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently a few times, then pat it into a round about 1-inch thick.

Using a jar or glass top about 2 ½ inches in diameter, cut out 8 or 9 rounds and arrange them on the baking sheet or in the cast iron pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the biscuits have puffed up somewhat and the tops are golden brown.

Honeyed Strawberries


Ingredients:
2 cups washed, stemmed and sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:
Gently mix all ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Erinn Simon

Bio:
Erinn Simon blogs for Kids VT.

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