25 June, 2009

Adieu My Beloved Strawberry Season

Before strawberry season totally wraps up, I'd like to slip in one last hurrah recipe I gleaned from the Food Network for Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes. Um, who wouldn't eat their vegetables with this on deck for dessert?

For the Shortcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 ounces milk chocolate, roughly chopped
2 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
raw or turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

For the Toppings:
1 quart freshly picked strawberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream

Position a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make the shortcakes: Whisk the flour, granulated sugar. cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture with a fork to make a shaggy dough (there will be some dry bits). Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; pat flat until 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut into 6 rounds with a knife or cookie cutter, using the scraps for the last cake.

Place the rounds on the baking sheet; freeze for 20 minutes. Beat the remaining egg; brush onto the cakes and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake until firm, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Meanwhile,make the toppings: Toss half of the strawberries with half of the sugar in a bowl; set aside. Place the other half of each in a sauce pan; cook over medium-low heat, mashing with a fork to make a thick puree, about 10 minutes. Cool completely. Whip the cream with a mixer until medium peaks form; swirl in the strawberry puree.

Split the shortcakes in half. Layer some of the strawberry cream and reserved fruit on the bottoms; cover with the shortcake tops. Finish with more strawberry cream and the remaining berries. Makes 6 shortcakes.

Bon Appetit!


  1. I adore summer berries.
    Served like this they go from simple to decadent.

  2. Dear Allie in Gtown,
    You're the devil. Now I will never look like the sarong model. Thanks for sharing, Denise

  3. heaven. plain and simple utter glory! thank you for sharing.


  4. Ooh, that sounds amazing.

    You should just come over to Asia - it's always berry season!

  5. My contribution to delish strawberry desserts! Here!

  6. We make a mascarpone cheesecake with balsamic strawberry sauce from Epicurious that is beyond belief. Just the strawberries by themselves are amazing!

  7. how funny ~ our berry season is just ramping up out here in the PNW!

    Thanks for the recipe girlie! I can't wait to try it!

    Love you ~ xoxoxox ~ MT