Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes

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Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry ShortcakesRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

For a creative, updated take on shortcake, we added coconut and pecans to the dough.

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

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SHORTCAKES
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
3/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. heavy cream, divided
1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
Parchment paper
8 pecan halves
Sweetened flaked coconut
STRAWBERRIES
1 qt. strawberries, halved
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons sugar
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENT

Preparation

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

1. Prepare Shortcakes: Preheat oven to 400°. Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas.

2. Process toasted coconut in a food processor until finely chopped. Whisk together eggs, extracts, and 1 cup cream. Add egg mixture, chopped pecans, and toasted coconut to flour mixture, and stir with a wooden spoon just until blended. Knead dough in bowl about 10 times, using lightly floured hands. (Dough will be soft and moist.)

3. Turn dough out on a floured surface, and gently pat to a 1-inch thickness. Cut into 8 (2 1/2- to 3-inch) squares, reshaping dough once. Place shortcakes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and chill 15 minutes. Press 1 pecan half into each shortcake; brush with remaining 1 Tbsp. cream. Sprinkle with sweetened flaked coconut.

4. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, prepare Strawberries: Stir together strawberries, lime juice, and 3 Tbsp. sugar.

6. Assemble: Split shortcakes in half horizontally. Place each shortcake bottom on a dessert plate, and top with about 1/3 cup strawberry mixture, desired amount of Sweet Mascarpone Cream, and shortcake tops.

Created date

March 2015