Rich And Tender Shortcakes With Strawberries And Whipped Cream
3 pints strawberries, hulled; 1 pint crushed with potato masher or fork
2 pints quartered
6 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose bleached flour, plus more for work surface and biscuit cutter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, frozen
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup plus 1-tablespoon half-and-half
1 egg white, lightly beaten
After cutting six perfect round of dough, you can re-knead the scraps and repeat the cutting process to get one or two more rounds. These shortcakes will be a little tougher and less attractive than those from the first cutting.
If you prefer to make the shortcake dough
in the food processor, pulse the dry ingredients to combine them, then add
cold butter that has
been cut into
half-inch pieces and continue to pulse until the mixture looks like coarse
cornmeal flecked with pea-sized bits of butter. Pour the mixture into a bowl;
stir in the egg and half-and-half with a rubber spatula until the mixture
comes together. Continue with step 4 of the recipe instructions.
1. Mix crushed and quartered berries with sugar in medium bowl; set aside while preparing biscuits (or up to 2 hours).
2. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position; heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Using large holes of box grater, grate butter into dry ingredients. Toss butter with flour to coat. Use pastry cutter to finish cutting butter into flour. Or scoop up coated butter with both hands, then quickly rub butter into dry ingredients with fingertips until most of butter pieces are size of split peas.
3. Mix beaten egg with half-and-half; pour into flour mixture. Toss with fork until large clumps form. Turn mixture onto floured work surface and lightly knead until it comes together.
4. Pat dough into 9-by 6-inch rectangle, 1/2 inch thick. Flour 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter; cut 6 dough rounds. Place 1 inch apart on small baking sheet; brush dough tops with egg white and sprinkle with remaining sugar. (Can be covered and refrigerated up to 2 hours before baking.) Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Place baking sheet on wire rack; cool cakes until warm, about 10 minutes.
5. Split each cake crosswire; spoon a portion of berries and then a dollop of whipped cream over each cake bottom. Cap with cake top; serve immediately.