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Monday, August 28, 2017

Simple Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberries — the one fruit that I just can't get enough of. When I was a kid my mom would cut them up into little chunks, cover them in sugar and let them marinate in the fridge. A few hours later, I would have a bowl full of bright red syrupy berries to snack on. These days I enjoy them in my cereal from time to time, occasionally on a salad and in various desserts. 
Whit and I had friends over for a dinner party a few months ago and I wanted to add a little something sweet to the menu. I was going for a light summary meal and strawberries immediately came to mind. Strawberry shortcake seemed like the perfect dessert to add to the meal. I was (and still am) a big fan of strawberry shortcake but I've honestly never made it.
I wanted to prepare this classic dessert but with a homemade touch. I decided to forego the dessert shells and use biscuits instead.  I cheated a little and used biscuits from a can but I would have totally made them from scratch if I had more time. But as for the whip cream topping, it was not out of a can. I was so surprised at how easy this was to make. No more can whipped cream toppings for this girl. It took no time to make and was so good!
What are some of your favorite strawberry dishes?

Simple Strawberry Shortcake
1 can Grands! ™ Southern Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits
1 container fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar

For the Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.     Cook the biscuits according to directions on the can.
3.     While the biscuits are cooking, cut the strawberries into quarter size pieces.
4.     Add the strawberries to a bowl and mix with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Let sit in the refrigerator until ready to assemble.
5.     In a mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Mix on low speed for 1-2 minutes.
6.     Gradually increase the speed and whip until soft peaks form. *Note, careful not to over mix or it will begin to form butter.
7.     Remove the biscuits from the oven, slice in half and plate.
8.     Add the strawberry mixture on one side of the biscuit and a few dollops of whipped cream.
9.     Put the other half of the biscuit on top and serve!


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