Strawberry Shortcake, as Easy as Pie

Strawberry Shortcake

I like simple in most areas of my life. A simple morning of dogs and coffee. A simple farm, 5 acres and 26 chickens. A simple basket of hammered gold filled with simple eggs or blues, greens, and browns. A simple wardrobe of whatever is a hand-me-down of Nolan’s or bought on a whim after a glass or two of wine. A simple shower at the end of the day. A simple pillow of 800 thread count. Simple, comfortable. Easy, but the way I like it.

Same with desserts. Or breakfast. Whatever you consider biscuits and cream and strawberries. The below doesn’t involve rolling or kneading or resting. It involves a shaggy dough and an ice cream scoop. Think the stale Bisquick from your grandmother’s pantry, but with a little extra (by “extra” I mean tequila).

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Ingredients for Biscuits:

  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 TB sugar + more for sprinkling

  • 1/3 cup sour cream

  • 1/3 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 TB vanilla extract

Directions for Biscuits:

  1. Preheat oven to 450*F and prepare a sheet pan with a Silpat or parchment

  2. Sift all dry ingredients together

  3. Whisk all wet ingredients and pour onto dry

  4. Mix with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms

  5. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop dough out and drop onto prepared pan

  6. Sprinkle with sugar

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and puffed

  8. Allow to cool before serving with strawberries and cream

Directions for macerated strawberries: Slice a quart of strawberries and cover with a 1/2 cup sugar, 2 TB water, a splash of vanilla, 2 TB tequila or rum, a sprinkle of salt, a zest and juice or a lemon or lime, and a few basil leaves, roughly chopped. Allow to macerate overnight.

Directions for whipped cream: Beat heavy whipping cream on high with a stand mixer. When peaks form, add a splash of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and a couple tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar to sweeten

To serve: Slice biscuit in half, jam full of strawberries and cream and enjoy for every single meal - I mean it. Every. Single.Meal. You won’t regret it.

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