5/9/10

strawberry shortcake w/ chocolate


There was a time when I was little I remember having a memorable strawberry shortcake at a local summer fair. Everyone around me was eating it, when I walked through the entrance gates of the fair almost every other person I saw was eating strawberry shortcake. I simply couldn't wait to get to the strawberry shortcake stand and devour one--no, I was having two orders (I reasoned with myself because I knew there'd be a line). Patiently I waited in line like everyone else, staring at every single order of strawberry shortcake that went by. Once I finally got to the front line, I was able to see inside the truck: a massive bucket filled with bright red strawberries in a red syrupy sauce, a large tray had slices of cake ready to assemble, and cans of whipped cream all lined up assembly style. Taking my first bite I couldn't wait--but it was awful. The cake was angel food (or as I like to call it angel-air cake), the berries were limp and partially frozen, and the whipped cream was nothing but chemicals. Such a dissapointment. But what kept my mind stirring about for the rest of the day was why did all the people love it so much and not me? What was wrong with me? As I got older and became more of a foodie I realized that real strawberry shortcake is made with real strawberries, real whipped cream and strawberry shortcake made with REAL biscuits, not angel-AIR cake.
So every time I make strawberry shortcake I'm always brought back to that moment and wonder how many people, right now, are truly missing out and eating those horrid versions seen at some local fairs.


strawberry shortcake w/ chocolate topping
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for the strawberries:
½ pound strawberries, washed, hulled & chopped
2 TB white sugar
1 TB fresh lemon juice

It’s best to get the strawberries done first as you want them to sit for a while at room temp before serving. I like to let mine sit for at least ½ hour to 45 minutes before serving (room temp).

buttermilk biscuits
adapted from cook's illustrated

2 cups flour
1 TB baking powder
1 TB sugar
1 ts salt
½ ts baking soda
4 TB unsalted butter, grated (I used 5 TB)
1 ½ cup buttermilk
add'l flour
2 TB melted butter
Course chunky sugar for dusting tops of biscuits before baking

Grate your 5 TB of butter with a cheese grater or food processor, place back in freezer till ready to use. Preheat oven to 500ºF. Spray a 9 inch springform or cake pan with some nonstick spray. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt to a bowl and mix the ingredients together evenly.
Using a fork or pastry blender, mix the butter. Stop once you have the dough in small crumbles. Fold in the buttermilk until everything is just blended, and there are no streaks of flour remain. Do not overmix, the mixture should still be lumpy.
Line a plate or tray with some flour and using a 1/4 C measuring cup or 1/4 C ice cream/cookie scoop, scoop out balls of the dough onto the tray of flour.
Flour your hands and roll each ball around in the flour to evenly coat them in a layer of flour.
The dough is very wet and very sticky.
Place the dough balls into the prepared pan. Place 9 balls around in a ring and 3 balls in the center of the pan. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter, then dust them with coarse sugar chunks.
Bake for 5 minutes at 500ºF (middle rack) and then lower the temperature to 450ºF and bake for another 15 minutes. Should make 12 (you can halve this recipe to make only 6 biscuits).

whipped cream:
Place your whipping bowl and the beaters in the freezer at least ½ hour before using. This is good for keeping the whipped cream nice and cold.
I use about ½ cup of whipping cream, beat till almost whipped, then add in a couple splashes of pure vanilla extract, then resume whipping till done.

chocolate topping:
I just melted some 60% cocoa dark chocolate chips in the microwave.

to assemble:
I only used 6 of the biscuits and froze the rest. Cut the biscuits in half, spoon on the strawberry mixture, put a little bit of the melted chocolate, put on the other half of the biscuit, then top with whipped cream and maybe a bit more melted chocolate.

50 comments:

  1. Looks like the best strawberry shortcake I've seen!

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  2. Love the chocolate addition. Will be making this one all summer long!

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  3. ow ow ow! I love me some strawberry shortcake! Its my moms favorite dessert too (and she like NEVER eats dessert). With added chocolate? How could it not be awesome. I am a much bigger fan of a biscuity bottom vs. angel food cake as well. VERY nice. Plus it contains strawberries...so it counts as healthy ;)

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  4. Biscuits are definitely the way to go! The absolute worst are the little angel food cakes sold at the grocery store...Can't wait to try your creation, esp with chocolate!

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  5. Wow, that is decadent. Why didn't I ever think of adding chocolate?? I make strawberry shortcake often during springtime, so I'll have to add some chocolate next time I make it.

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  6. I am so with you about the biscuit really making a huge difference

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  7. I love strawberry shortcakes and homemade is the only way to go! Genius adding chocolate! :)

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  8. Angel food cake or biscuts? I've always had strawberry shortcake with pound cake. Am I the only one?

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  9. I've nothing against sponge cake or chiffon cake for SSC, but eww, not angel food. And yes, it has to be fresh berries and cream all the time :) The original biscuit version you've made looks lovely - that could also be the chocolate talking ;)

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  10. I totally agree! I always wonder how people can buy loaf cakes at the gas station. They look like edible cardboard. Real cream is the only way to go! I do however, love angel food cake though.

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  11. This looks like such a comforting dessert, absolutely fantastic!!!!

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  12. Man oh Man - Can you say food porn?

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  13. I like strawberry shortcake, but please don't kill me for saying this...I can't stand whipped cream! I'm so weird, I know. But I love that you add chocolate. Strawberries are pretty much the only fruit that I will eat with chocolate.

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  14. You teased everybody with these photos online, and it still looks good! Chocolate=smart.

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  15. Looks great, my grandmother used to love strawberry shortcake, maybe it's a New England thing. Will definitely try this one, though I can't get buttermilk in Italy!

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  16. I haven't had lunch yet, but I'm ready for dessert!!!

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  17. I so love this twist on a classic dessert!!

    I love the chocolate addition!!

    Yum,...yum,..Dawn!

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  18. I see there's a line here, so I'll take two, please . . . Your strawberry shortcake looks tremendous! After seeing this, nothing will satisfy until I make one (or several) for myself.

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  19. Oh mercy. Be still my heart. Looks delicious.

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  20. My mom used to buy strawberry shortcake kind of like the fair version...so not the same. These look way better than any I've ever had!

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  21. I am so with you, give me the REAL thing! Even my daughters are asking for whipped cream on their strawberries- not cool whip!

    I made some short cakes that were chocolate one year- a very nice variation on the theme.

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  22. I've never been a huge fan of strawberry shortcake, but put some chocolate on it and I have to reconsider!

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  23. my first experience with a strawberry shortcake was at a roy rogers. they took one of their biscuits, added frozen berries to it, and soft serve ice cream.

    so sad.

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  24. One can never get enough of strawberry shortcak, moreoever with chocolate. Great one, Dawn!

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  25. how about tossing some vanilla bean into the whipped cream or biscuits? then you have a bona fide neopolitan shortcake. :)

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  26. I feel your pain. I too prefer my strawberry shortcake to be, well SHORTCAKE! Is that asking to much? GREG

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  27. omg i love strawberry shortcake!!! i almost expected to see chocolate shortcakes :) now that's an idea i could get behind... YUM

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  28. My food calendar says today is "National Buttermilk Biscuit Day", so I hope you have one of these beauties leftover to enjoy and celebrate today. The photo is gorgeous, but it probably tasted even better.

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  29. I have to admit, I have never gotten the strawberry shortcake thing. Why eat a dessert that isn't very sweet? The biscuit part...I don't understand. But your brilliant addition here makes perfect sense.

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  30. Yes to fresh berries! and with chocolate?! yum...

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  31. But they're not just seen at local fairs- that's what's offered at grocery stores! Right next to the beautiful red strawberries on display is airy spongey cake, and strawberry glaze. And if you're "lucky" you can get free cool whip to top it all off. It's gross and that's why I've NEVER liked strawberry shortcake until now. Because it's so different than I had growing up.

    And yes this needs a chocolate drizzle!

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  32. Wow. What a gorgeous shortcake! Usually they come out looking kind of sloppy, but you've turned it into an exquisite, enchanting dessert!

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  33. ...and your scheming, devlish mind continues to concoct delish desserts. I'm climbing up the diving ladder to jump into this. Swine dive.........

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  34. Gorgeous! I love your chocolate addition and completely agree biscuits are the way to go!

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  35. i have to agree that a real strawberry shortcake made from scratch is a true pleasure... the chocolate though, hmmm, might have to try it

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  36. Fantastic Dawn! I am so with you - as soon as we have local strawberries, I am THERE!

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  37. I'd take your shortcake any day. Two orders please! ;o)

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  38. That's just about the most glam shortcake I've ever seen. Lovely job!

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  39. I thought it looked good when I read strawberry shortcake. Then I saw the part that said "with chocolate." Delicious!

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  40. wow what a delicious and easy recipe! I love strawberries, my fiance does, so with your recipe we will have a nice and happy family uring the summer!! i am definetely follow your blog from now on! so glad I found it!! :)

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  41. I know what you mean about people liking stuff that I'm often disapointed. Guess I have high expectation on things... I'm sure your shortcake is 1000 better than the version you had. Maybe you sould start selling yours next door ;)

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  42. Wait..how am I so behind on your blog??? Oh yeah..all those damn videos I have been making!
    CAn I say YUM?

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  43. This one has been appearing in my dreams Dawn. Un freakin believable.

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  44. I remember making the "horrid" versions of strawberry shortcake for my middle school bake sale. YUCK!

    Now this version looks amazing especially with the addition of chocolate. Yum!

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  45. I like sponge cakes and such, but can imagine how bad it would be in such a sinful creation. I have to try it out!

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  46. Nothing like using fresh ingredients rather than canned or packaged store bought items. I'll be secretly making this for my wife this evening!

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  47. OMG!!! Made them today and they were divine!!! All my boys loved them. Thank you for such a great recipe.

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