24 June 2013

Strawberry Shortcakes

Wimbledon has begun and strawberry season is upon us. This year is expected to be a vintage one with growers reporting fruits bigger, sweeter and juicier than ever. Today I witnessed this myself at Marks and Spencer; shelves and shelves of large luscious strawberries, ready to be smothered in cream and demolished.

But if you want to do something a bit different, this gorgeous summer dessert could be one to try. And these shortcakes look so pretty too!

For 6 shortcakes, you will need:
200g butter
100g caster sugar
Pinch salt
1 egg yolk
260g plain flour

500g fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
2 tbsp strawberry jam
560ml double or whipped cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

80g dark chocolate
80g white chocolate
A little icing sugar

1. Chop the butter up into cubes and place in a mixing bowl with the caster sugar and salt.
Mix with a metal spoon until just soft.

2. Add the egg yolk, sift in the flour and mix to a stiff dough - first with a spoon then bringing it together with your hands. Do not over work.

3. Remove dough from bowl, wrap in clingfilm then gently roll quite flat. This makes it easier to roll it out properly after it's been chilled. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan assisted/Gas Mark 5. Line a tray with baking paper.

5. Roll out the dough so it's about 6mm thick. Do this as quickly as possible as the butter warms up quickly making it difficult to handle.

6. Using a cutter, cut 12 discs (around 7cm across) and carefully move each one to the baking sheet. 

7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly coloured. Remove from oven and leave to cool on the sheet - do not attempt to move them as they will easily break when warm.

8. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave (about 1 minute). Dip in a few of the strawberries and leave to dry. Repeat with the white chocolate.

9. Add the vanilla to the cream and whip to soft peaks.

10. Place one disc on a plate and arrange 3 equal-sized strawberries (all cut to the same height) on top with a little jam and a blob of the whipped cream in the centre. Top with the second disc and sprinkle with icing sugar. Add another blob of cream and arrange the chocolate dipped strawberries on top as required.

And then enjoy! 

These babies are fabulous served with ice cream, strawberry sauce, crème fraîche or just good old-fashioned single cream.

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  1. Wow those look AMAZING! Definitely going to give this recipe a try :)
    KJ xo

    1. Great! Let me know how you get on!

  2. Yummmm Caroline!!! Aren't you the domestic goddess! These look utterly stunning, perfect for watching wimbledon and a cup of tea if you ask me :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

    1. ...or perhaps a glass of champagne? :D

  3. Those little bad boys look phenomenal. I bet I would end up making a right mess with them though, getting cream everywhere!

    Lucy x

    1. Ha! Well if you do you can just lick everything clean!

  4. Holy cow this looks so delicious! I definitely have to try making these!

  5. These look utterly gorgeous! I love the oh so british vibe when Wimbledon starts and these look like a perfect way to celebrate!
    Katie xx

  6. I am game for ANYTHING with strawberry! so very british!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


  7. Ooooh they look so fancy :)
    I'm more of a raspberry kid.....but these would be SUCH a hit at summer garden parties
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  8. Yummy dessert!
    I like your dress too!


  9. I am sitting at home with no food in the house and this has just made me very very hungry!


  10. They look amazing! ideal for this weather,,,, or any weather!


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