July 6, 2010

Southern Style Fruit Shortcake




It seems like EVERYONE has there own version of strawberry shortcake.   I've had shortcakes with ice cream, sponge cake, and cookies.  I grew up liking the southern style that features fresh whipped cream, fruit and a biscuit style cake.  I've doctored this one with other fresh fruit I had on hand, fresh orange zest and ginger.  Be sure not to overwork the biscuit dough because it will become tough the more you touch it.
Biscuits - makes about 10
2 cups flour sifted
1/4 cup sugar plus more for dusting tops
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons butter chilled and cubed
2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk ice cold
Zest of one orange
1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Preheat ovento 375
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add butter and blend with a fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles course meal
slowly stir in butter milk orange zest and ginger while mixing with a fork and forms large clumps
Gather dough into a large ball and roll out to 3/4" on a board well dusted with flour
Cut into 2-3" rounds (I use a glass as my cutter) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchement
Sprinkle tops with sugar
Bake for about 20 minutes and cool on a rack

Fruit
I had a combination of fresh peaches, strawberries and mango on hand so that's what I used

Peaches - I boiled 5 peaches for 1 minute and allowed to cool.  Then I took the skin right off and cut into pieces. My peaches were so juice I did not have to add any sugar.
Mango - I cut 2 mangoes into small pieces and drizzles with agave nectar since they were a little tart
Strawberries - I cut up 1 large container of strawberries and topped with 1 tablespoon of confectioners sugar, stirred and let sit for a few hours before serving.  The strawberries make their own juice

Whipped cream - let a bowl sit in the freezer with a container of whipping cream for 30 - 40 minutes.
Whip cream with a mixer or a whisk.  Mix in 1/2 - 1 teaspoon high quality vanilla and 1 tablespoon confectioner sugar.

Biscuits can be either topped with fruit and cream or split and topped with fruit and cream... enjoy!!

2 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! I might try to make it for a picnic this weekend.

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