Strawberry Shortcake. Let me first start out by confessing that fruit and dessert are not usually my thing. I have a few desserts that include fruit in them (the Toxic Apple Pie from a farm stand in Michigan is one of them) that I enjoy...but for the most part I pass on fruit desserts. I first stumbled upon a strawberry shortcake I could not pass on at The Cheesecake Factory. Theirs is amazing. When I don't feel like spending $8 on a single dessert and driving 30 minutes to get it, this is what I make to satisfy the craving. And when I say satisfy I do mean-it tastes as good as the Cheesecake Factory's! Here is why.....
You start with this deliciousness.
Then you cut it into this deliciousness. (I love the flower cookie cutters I received as a wedding present...they just make it look quite adorable I think...we eat with our eyes first people!!)
Prep your berries with a bit of sugar.
2 cups flour
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 TBS sugar
1 stick butter
2/3-3/4 cup of cream or half and half
Take as many strawberries as you like and slice them up and place in a bowl with a few tablespoons of sugar...let sit while the shortcakes cook.
Place all the dry ingredients in your food processor and combined. Then add the butter-cut it up into chunks before you do. Pulse until it resembles fine cornmeal. Pour it all into a bowl and add the cream. Stir it in gently and let stand for 1 minute. Turn out the dough no a floured surface and work till it is holding together and no longer sticky. Use a rolling pin to get the thickness uniform and cut out 8 biscuits. Place the biscuits on a parchment or silpat lined pan and sprinkle sugar across the tops. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Assembling the shortcake:
Take one of the shortcakes, slice it horizontally and place it in a bowl. Fill with strawberries, ice cream and whipped cream. Dessert has been served!!
**I often run out of strawberries before I do the other ingredients. I love this even without the strawberries....you might too. It is worth a try. Especially if you do not especially love fruit in your dessert:)**