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One of the things I used to love as a kid around this
time of year was strawberry shortcake. I'm not talkin'
about those sponges you can buy in a wrapper and dump
berries over but the real deal....gotta be home made
biscuits. Since this is a great time of year for those
delicious red berries I thought I would share with you
a classic recipe for STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE. I'm getting
out my basket to pick the fresh ones here comes the
flavor!

Enjoy! Marzee
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RECIPE: CLASSIC STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

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INGREDIENTS:
Biscuits (makes 12 biscuits)
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 each lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
8 tablespoons cold butter cut into chips
2 cups buttermilk

Filling for 6 people:
3 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup fine sugar
1 pint heavy cream, whipped

DIRECTIONS:
1 day ahead, mix the berries with the sugar and allow
to sit overnight to extract fresh strawberry juices.
The day of serving prepare the biscuits. Combine all
dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to
combine. Add cold butter chips and pulse until the mixture
resembles corn meal. Remove to a work bowl and add the
buttermilk while mixing with hands until a sticky but firm
dough forms. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and
spray with a non-stick spray. Make rough shape balls of
dough , 3-4 inches in diameter. Brush with buttermilk and
sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 for about 20-25 minutes
or until done. Split the biscuits and fill with strawberries
and their juices. Top with whipped cream and the top half
of biscuit.

Yield: 6 Servings
Category: Desserts, Fruit



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STRAWBERRY PICKIN:

Strawberries are usually in best supply in May and June.
Here's how you can take advantage of the

Look for berries with a full red color and a bright luster,
firm flesh, and the cap stem still attached. The berries
should be dry and clean, and usually medium to small
strawberries have better eating quality than large ones.

Avoid berries with large uncolored areas or with large
seedy areas (poor in flavor and texture), a full shrunken
appearance or softness (signs of over ripeness or decay),
or those with mold, which can spread rapidly from one berry
to another.

Don't just jump at those discounted case prices!
In most containers of strawberries you will likely find
a few that are less desirable than others. Try to look
at some of berries lower in the container to be sure that
they are reasonably free from defects or decay.

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