Thursday, March 31, 2011
Strawberry Lime Shortcake
This was the only shot I got of these. It looks messy, the whipped cream was over-whipped and the biscuit was partially eaten but that doesn't matter because these tasted awesome. The biscuit is light, flakey and only slightly sweet. It's a more traditional verson of shortcake, unlike the typical angel food cake. Recipe by Nigella Lawson. Recipe found here, the picture comparison makes me laugh :) Preheat oven to 425. Mix 2 cups plus 2 tbs flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbs baking powder, 3 tbs of sugar. My favorite part: Grate 1/2 cup (1 stick) FROZEN unsalted butter into the dry ingredients. Mix it all together. I just think that's genius. It makes it so easy to get the butter even dispersed thru your biscuits. In a separate bowl whisk together 1/2 cup light cream and 1 large egg. Slowly add it into the dry ingredients, a little at a time while mixing with a fork. Stop when the dough comes together. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about an inch thickness. Cut as many rounds as you can, I got 9 out of it but maybe mine weren't thick enough. I used a 2.5 inch cutter. Place on a baking sheet 1 inch apart, brush the tops with 1 egg white and sprinkle with 2 tbs of sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Meanwhile take your pint of strawberry and smoosh half in a bowl with a tbs sugar. Halve or quarter the rest and mix together for the topping. Whip some heavy whipping cream as a topping. Assemble! Split the biscuits in half, spread LIME CURD (the most important part) across the bottom, add a scoop of strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream and serve. So, fix my biscuits. They didn't rise evenly and some spread oddly. Is it the way that the sides got pressed down when I cut them? The first picture shows the way they are supposed to be but the other side was all lopsided. Suggestions? The important thing is that they tasted absolutely fantastic. P.S. My little Peanut is 5 months old today!