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Category: Desserts

Strawberry shortcake with warm cinnamon streusel biscuits

Strawberries are a colorful sign of spring. At their seasonal peak, from late March through June, they are totally red (no light color at the top), juicy and perfectly sweetened. They typically have the best flavor when they are small ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Serves 8
Note: Toss the strawberries with sugar a few hours before serving.

Biscuits

  • 2 cups flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 5 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, shaken well
  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

Step 1Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and zest in food processor. Scatter butter over flour. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk. Pulse just until mixture clumps together; do not over-process.

Step 2Transfer dough to floured board, gather dough together with your hands and knead it, folding and pressing it back on itself until it holds together and is smooth, about 15 seconds. Pat or roll dough until uniformly 3/4 inch thick. Use 2 1/4-inch cutter to make 8 rounds. Transfer to greased baking sheet in single layer with 1-inch spacing. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 8 hours.)

Streusel

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt

Step 1Wipe out work bowl of food processor with paper towels. Combine flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon and salt to taste in bowl. Pulse until crumbled. Set aside.

Assembly

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pints strawberries (reserve 8 strawberries with hulls to make strawberry fan garnishes), hulled, sliced lengthwise and tossed with 3 to 6 tablespoons sugar 1 to 2 hours before serving, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar, whipped until just soft

Step 1Whisk egg with salt to form glaze. Brush glaze on top of biscuits. Top each with 1 tablespoon Streusel, spreading evenly.

Step 2Bake at 400 degrees until lightly browned, about 15 to 18 minutes. (Can be baked several hours ahead and kept at room temperature. Reheat, uncovered, in 300-degree oven 10 minutes or in microwave oven at 50% power 15 to 20 seconds.)

Step 3To serve, carefully split warm biscuits. Place bottom half in center of each of 8 dessert plates. Spoon some strawberries on and around biscuit, dividing evenly. Top with Streusel half. Put 2 strawberry slices on top of each. Garnish each plate with fanned strawberry. Top with dollop of soft whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Each serving:
397 calories; 1,067 mg sodium; 65 mg cholesterol; 15 grams fat; 60 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 0.74 gram fiber.
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