Strawberry Shortcake

IMG_9072-1Up today on Rip + Tan, is one of my favorite summertime desserts, Strawberry Shortcake. Sweet berries, delicate scones, and cool creamy ice cream. This recipe is great for dinner parties, as the scones and strawberry mixture can be made ahead of time. Hurry and make yours before this summer heat comes to an end.

IMG_9073STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

Serves 6

4 cups of strawberries, stems removed and sliced into quarters
1/4 cup organic sugar + 1 tablespoon for whipped cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 Cream Scones (recipe follows)
vanilla ice cream of your choice

Place the sliced strawberries in a bowl and stir in 1/4 cup sugar. In a blender or food processor, blend 1/4 of the strawberry mixture until it is puréed. Add it back into the bowl of strawberries and stir to coat. Let sit for 15 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixture, combine 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon sugar on medium speed until soft peaks begin to form.

To assemble, place a scone bottom side up on a small plate. Top with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream. Place another scone on top and serve immediately.

IMG_9074CREAM SCONES

Yields 24 small scones

3 cups organic pastry flour, plus more for rolling and cutting
1/2 cup organic sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
sea salt
1 1/2 sticks cold organic unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/4 cups cold organic heavy cream, plus more for brushing
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingers. (The largest pieces should be the size of small peas.) With your fingertips, flatten butter pieces into small disks. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until butter is very firm, about 20 minutes.

Combine cream and vanilla in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture with a wooden spoon until almost absorbed and dough just comes together. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface; roll out into an 8-by-10-inch rectangle. With a short side facing you, fold rectangle into thirds, as you would a letter. Rotate dough a quarter turn clockwise. Repeat rolling out, folding, and rotating dough 2 more times. With floured hands, pat out dough to a 3/4 inch thickness, and cut out as many rounds as possible with a floured 1 3/4 inch round cookie cutter. Gather scraps, reroll once, and cut out more rounds (you should have at least 24 rounds).

Place scones 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with cream, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. They will really spread out when they cook and almost looks like muffin tops. Let cool on sheets. Serve at room temperature.

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