Mini Strawberry Shortcakes!!
Wow, has it been a while. You can never anticipate how busy high school can be at time but not to worry! I've been working on a few recipes, but this one is one of my personal favorites. Strawberries are my favorite fruit and this dessert really highlights strawberries flavors and textures. One thing I chose not to do is macerate the strawberries, this means soaking them in a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. I like to just let the strawberries natural flavor shine through, however, if you want to, feel completely free. It'll taste just as nice. So let's get down to business!
Time: 65 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter(softened)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1-2 cups of heavy cream
3-4 tbsp of powdered sugar
2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix together dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. In a electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together, you can also choose to do this by hand, however, make sure that you cream it very well. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add in the dry ingredients alternating with the milk. Spread in a 9 inch pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and clean when a skewer is poked in.
After it is baked, let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Then invert onto a cooling rack and let it completely cool. When cooled, cut the shortbread into pieces and then cut each piece horizontally in half. Be careful during this in order for it not to break.
In an electric mixer chill the bowl and whisk in the freezer for 10 minutes before. Pour in the whipping cream and whisk it on medium speed until frothy. Once frothy increase the speed to medium-high and add in a tbsp of sugar at a time. Whisk until you have soft-stiff peaks. Taste and add more sugar based on taste.
Take the cut shortbread and lay 2 strawberry slices on the bottom part. Add a spoonful of whipped cream, smooth it down and place 1-2 more slices of strawberry on top of the cream. Top with the second shortbread piece. Then add a small dollop of whipped ream on top and place a slice of strawberry on top of the cream. Repeat with the remaining shortbread, plate it, and dust with powder sugar. Then enjoy!!!
Inspired by Taste of Home
Hope you enjoy!