Sweet as Summer: Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade biscuits, fresh berries and whipped cream make this strawberry shortcake irresistible.



Photo by Laura Petrilla

Some desserts are emblematic of a particular holiday, like pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. But strawberry shortcake is my dessert of choice from June to September. People refer to apple pie as the great American dish, but I’d vote for this classic combination of fresh fruit, whipped cream and an enriched biscuit. Pack the whipped cream, macerated strawberries and biscuits separately, and assemble on-site. Here’s my version of the American classic with a little Italian twist.
 

Strawberry Shortcake
 

Shortcake:
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. Add the vanilla to the heavy cream, then add to the flour mixture. Blend gently to form a soft dough. Spoon the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; there should be enough for 10 biscuits. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown.
Strawberries
3 pints fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup Frangelico (or 1 teaspoon almond extract)

Instructions: Wash the berries, then remove stems and cut them into slices. Add the sugar and Frangelico and stir gently to coat. Cover and let macerate for at least 30 minutes.

Whipped Cream
:
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon Frangelico

Instructions: Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Whip in the sugar and Frangelico. Do not overwhip the cream; it should only hold soft peaks.

Assembly: Cut the biscuits in half, and layer with berries and cream in the middle and on top.
 

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Growing Their Own Way: Inside 4 Pittsburgh Family Farms

Growing Their Own Way: Inside 4 Pittsburgh Family Farms

Family-run farms adapt in multiple ways in order to thrive in western Pennsylvania.
Loud & Proud: In the Booth with Voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Loud & Proud: In the Booth with Voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Greg Brown knows anything is possible for his beloved Buccos. His career has had its share of surprise turns as well.
Flavorful Tacos are Main Attraction at Lawrenceville's SMOKE

Flavorful Tacos are Main Attraction at Lawrenceville's SMOKE

Reasonable prices and a lively atmosphere make SMOKE barbeque taqueria one of Pittsburgh's go-to restaurants.
Belief and (Tough) Love Drives Pitt's New Football Coach

Belief and (Tough) Love Drives Pitt's New Football Coach

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi is determined to make the Panthers believe in themselves and their program.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Taking Over: Brit Boy Band Boots Actress from Hotel Room

Taking Over: Brit Boy Band Boots Actress from Hotel Room

Eliza Dushku cheekily posted to Instagram when One Direction and their entourage forced her to make other lodging arrangements.
Arcade Heaven: Where Pinball and Pac-Man are Preserved

Arcade Heaven: Where Pinball and Pac-Man are Preserved

Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame and Museum is not a stuffy, hands-off collection of antiques.
Pittsburghers Mobilize to Rescue Popular Pizza Shop

Pittsburghers Mobilize to Rescue Popular Pizza Shop

In a span of just a few days, Spak Bros. has endured a burglary, an equipment failure and a social-media hack.
You Might Want This Newly Signed Penguin to Read to Your Kids

You Might Want This Newly Signed Penguin to Read to Your Kids

The newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has an unusual side-gig.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Growing Their Own Way: Inside 4 Pittsburgh Family Farms

Growing Their Own Way: Inside 4 Pittsburgh Family Farms

Family-run farms adapt in multiple ways in order to thrive in western Pennsylvania.
Loud & Proud: In the Booth with Voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Loud & Proud: In the Booth with Voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Greg Brown knows anything is possible for his beloved Buccos. His career has had its share of surprise turns as well.
Flavorful Tacos are Main Attraction at Lawrenceville's SMOKE

Flavorful Tacos are Main Attraction at Lawrenceville's SMOKE

Reasonable prices and a lively atmosphere make SMOKE barbeque taqueria one of Pittsburgh's go-to restaurants.
Belief and (Tough) Love Drives Pitt's New Football Coach

Belief and (Tough) Love Drives Pitt's New Football Coach

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi is determined to make the Panthers believe in themselves and their program.
PittGirl's Reliable & Delightful Crash Course on Pittsburgh

PittGirl's Reliable & Delightful Crash Course on Pittsburgh

She shares the truth about everything from driving technique to Terrible Towel etiquette for anyone new to the 'Burgh.
Top Dentists 2015

Top Dentists 2015

The Pittsburgh region's 346 premier dentists in 9 specialties.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module