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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes

Grandma had it right all along. Make this classic dessert recipe for a refreshing treat when strawberries are in season.

Cooking Light JUNE 1998

  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups halved strawberries, divided
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chilled stick margarine or butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
  • Whole strawberries (optional)

Preparation

Combine 1 cup strawberry halves, 1/3 cup sugar, orange juice, vanilla, and lemon juice in a bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Stir in 2 1/2 cups strawberry halves. Cover and chill.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; cut in margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk, stirring just until moist (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 times with floured hands. Pat dough into a 6 x 4-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 6 squares. Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Split shortcakes in half horizontally using a serrated knife; place each bottom half on a dessert plate. Spoon 1/4 cup strawberry mixture over each bottom half. Top with shortcake tops; spoon 1/4 cup strawberry mixture over each top. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon whipped topping; garnish with whole strawberries, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 270
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 7.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 4.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 47.3g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 183mg
  • Calcium: 93mg
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