If there’s one silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that a lot of us upped our culinary game. At first it was out of the pure need for survival, while having something to look forward to. Or to post on TikTok, because that app is just the definition of addiction. Nowadays, it’s for the love of the game. And with Harry’s Berries still in season, we have a recipe for strawberry shortcake, with biscuits that would make a Southern grandma proud.
For the Biscuits
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, frozen and cubed
1 cup buttermilk
Additional buttermilk for brushing the tops of the biscuits
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sugar
For the Berries
3 cups of Harry’s Berries or other sweet berries
2 teaspoons Demerara sugar
For the Whipped Cream
1 quart of heavy whipping cream, preferably organic
2 cap fulls of vanilla
Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees Farenheit. In a food processor, place the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. While running on medium, add the butter, one cube at a time. Add the buttermilk and honey, and continue mixing for about 45 seconds, careful not to overmix the dough.
Place the dough on a well-floured surface and with a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle. Fold the dough in thirds, then roll out the dough again to a flat rectangle. Continue folding the dough in thirds another 2-3 times, until you have a rectangle again.
With a biscuit cutter, cut rounds into your rectangle, and place the biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. The biscuits should touch and align right next to each other, as this will help your biscuits rise. Brush the biscuit tops with the buttermilk and add a light sprinkle of the sugar to the tops of the biscuits.
While the biscuits are baking, place the heavy whipping cream in your stand mixer, or if you’re a hero, you can whisk the cream by hand. When the consistency is just think enough to make a dallop, gently stir in the vanilla. Set aside until ready to assemble.
Bake the biscuits for 15-18 minutes, until lightly brown. In a separate bowl, cut up your strawberries finely and mix in the sugar.
It’s All in the Presentation
On a beautiful serving platter, layer the biscuits with whipped cream.
Top with a generous portion of the Harry’s Berries mixture. Garnish with crushed pistachios for color, which also goes beautifully with the shortcakes.