Shortcake

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Shortcake consists of a sweetened biscuit paired with fresh fruits -usually strawberries- and whipped cream. Now this is our version of the classic american pastry.

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Is pretty simple. You make the biscuit and pair it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

For the biscuit:

  • 180 gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C whole milk
  • 2 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the cream:

  • 190 gr cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 C whipping cream
  • Fresh strawberries

Directions:

For the biscuit:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).
  2. Separate the eggs and put the egg whites in a large clean bowl and the egg yolks in another small bowl that you will cover with plastic wrap so that the yolks don´t dry.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) and set aside. 
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter along with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the egg yolks one by one, and then the vanilla extract.
  6. Incorporate the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. 
  7. In another clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, and then incorporate them slowly to the previous mix. 
  8. Pour the mixture onto two cake pans, greased and floured, and bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until they turn golden brown. 
  9. Once they´re ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes before unmolding. Let them cool completely before decorating.

For the cream and assembly:

  1. To make the cream, in a bowl beat together the cream cheese, confectioners sugar and salt until fluffy. In another bowl, whip the whipping cream and incorporate it carefully to the cream cheese mixture. 
  2. Wash the strawberries and cut them the way you prefer. 
  3. Place a piece of biscuit in a plate and then spread half of the cream and strawberries. Put the second biscuit piece on top, then spread the rest of the cream and decorate with strawberries the way you prefer. 

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*If you have any biscuit pieces left you can make mini shortcakes like the ones in the pic.

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Author: Andrea Gámez

Interior designer, Photographer, Food blogger and lover, painting entusiast and a sucker for art. / MEXICO

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