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Party-Perfect Strawberry Shortcakes

Yield 9 shortcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) container fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • Garnishes: fresh mint leaves, strawberry halves

How to Make It

  1. Combine sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar. Cover strawberry mixture, and set aside.

  2. Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, and 1/4 cup sugar; cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture is crumbly.

  3. Whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 6 times. Pat dough into an 8-inch square; cut into 16 (2-inch) squares. Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  5. Bake at 425° for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden.

  6. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until foamy, and gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, beating mixture at high speed until stiff peaks form.

  7. Remove shortcakes from oven, and split in half horizontally. Combine strawberry jam and chopped mint; spread cut sides of bottom shortcake halves evenly with jam mixture, and top evenly with half of strawberry mixture. Cover mixture evenly with whipped cream; top with remaining strawberry mixture and remaining shortcake halves. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

  8. Round Shortcakes: Pat dough toa 1/2-inch thickness, and cut with a 3-inch round cutter. Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet, and proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 12 servings.

  9. Shortcake Shortcut: Combine 1 (16-ounce) container strawberries, sliced, and 1/4 cup sugar; cover and set aside. Brush 9 large frozen biscuits with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon; sprinkle over biscuits. Bake according to package directions. Serve immediately, with strawberry mixture and whipped cream, to 8 happy friends.