What 4th of July is complete without some strawberry shortcake? Not mine! As far as the cake goes, I'm still searching for the perfect shortcake recipe, but yesterday I came pretty close. This original recipe requires a cast iron pan- which I do not have- so I melted about a tablespoon of butter into a round cake pan, and then baked the biscuits in that. They all melded together (which is totally fine) and were so light and fluffy, it was really amazing!
Whole Wheat Shortcakes, adapted from Joy the Baker
(her book? is awesome, btw.)
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. unbleached white flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 c. vanilla soymilk + 1 tsp. vinegar, mixed together to sour
2 Tbsp. honey
In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, crumble in the butter. You want it to be in tiny pieces, incorporated with the flour, to make it flaky. Then mix up the sour soymilk, and add the honey to that. It's ok if there are some lumps. Add the milk to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 400*, and put a cake pan with 1Tbsp. additional butter in it. Wait. When it has melted, take it out with a potholder, swirl it around, and then drop the biscuit dough by large spoonfulls into it. It's ok if they touch, or are pretty close to touching. I think I made about 10 biscuits. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, until the tops are golden, and the biscuits are done all the way through. (Use our friend, the toothpick, to check.)
While they are baking, you can chop up many strawberries, or prep whatever other fruit you might be eating instead. I did about 1.5 pounds of strawberries, and refrigerated them with about 2 tsp. of brown sugar on top, to get more juices.
Now, the extra magical part... we are going to make homemade whipped cream!
What's that? You say you've never made homemade whipped cream before? Well, you are in for a treat.
By this time, the biscuits should be done. Take them out and cool for a few minutes, then layer with berries and whipped cream for a lovely summer treat!