Sunday, May 22, 2011

Shortcake for Grownups

When strawberries are in season, I buy them by the pound...but somehow they don't last long in my kitchen. Whether I'm eating them raw or cooking something up, I just can't get enough. But I think my favorite way to eat strawberries is in strawberry shortcake!

I'll take a simple, regular shortcake any day - but today I thought I would dress it up a little with some toasted almonds, triple sec and amaretto.

Almond-Orange Strawberry Shortcake

For the strawberries:
Slice 1 container strawberries and place in bowl. Add about 1/8 cup sugar, a splash of lemon juice and a few splashes of triple sec*. Let sit, stirring occasionally, while you make the biscuits.

For the biscuits:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 stick cold butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup cream (plus a little extra)
1 tsp. lemon juice
splash of amaretto*
sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 400F and butter a baking sheet. Combine dry ingredients, and then add butter. Combine until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the center, and pour in liquids. Mix with a fork just until mixture forms a dough. Knead about 10 times, and separate into 2 balls. Flatten each ball to make 4 wedges in each, 8 scone-shaped wedges in total. Place almonds in a shallow dish. Brush tops with extra cream, then dip in almonds so they stick to the tops. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

For the whipped cream:
Pour about 3/4 cup cream into a large bowl with a splash of amaretto*. Whip until soft peaks form. (If you like sweeter whipped cream, add a little powdered sugar before whipping.)

To serve:
Slice the biscuits in half. Spoon some berries and cream onto each, and then top with the other half. Spoon a dollop of cream on top, and sprinkle with toasted almonds.

*If you prefer not to use alcohol, just replace the triple sec with orange juice and the amaretto with a little almond or vanilla extract.

Mmmm....what a perfect summery dessert.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel, I'm concerned. It appears you haven't eaten lunch in 5 days. Lunch misses you. So do I. ~*S*~