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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

S Is For Summer But Also For Strawberry Shortcakes.


I just adore a traditional Sunday afternoon tea taken with my family on a pleasant warm afternoon. This is one classic British tradition that still when possible, is extremely satisfyingly good. The ultimate bake in my family for this occasion of afternoon tea would have to be shortcakes filled with good strawberry jam, a good dollop of clotted cream, and sat like a bejewelled crown of triumph on top, lush red sweet ripe strawberries! Shortcakes are much akin to a sweetened scone, a gorgeous creation from our friends across the pond in America.




Strawberry Shortcakes

Makes 6

Ingredients
325g (11½ oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp baking powder
75g (3 oz) caster sugar
125g (4½ oz) chilled butter, chopped into small cubes
1 egg, lightly beaten
125ml (approx 3¾ fl oz) single cream
1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
For The Filling
Jar of good strawberry jam
100g (4 oz) clotted cream
4 large strawberries per shortcake, halved
Icing sugar for dusting

You will need a large baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. A round cutter 9 cm (3½ inch) wide.

Method

Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan oven 200°C/425°F/gas mark7.

In a large mixing bowl, sift in the flour, salt, baking powder and 45g (1¾ oz) of the sugar. Place the butter into the bowl and rub through with fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. In a large jug add one egg into the single cream and add the wet ingredients to the dry bringing the dough together with a fork. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 2.5cm (1 inch) cut out six rounds, re-rolling the dough if necessary. Place each cut out round onto the prepared baking tray, leaving a gap around each one for them to expand when baking. Brush each top with a little egg wash and sprinkle each top with caster sugar from the remaining sugar that was left over. Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes until risen and golden brown. Remove and place onto a wire rack to completely cool. When cold, split open place a good tablespoon of strawberry jam on the bottom followed by a good dollop of clotted cream and finishing off with halved ripened sweet strawberries, place the lid on. Dust each shortcake with icing sugar and serve.

These shortcakes are best eaten on the day of baking.



Lastly, take that first bite, which will transport you all the way into paradise!



I am sending my strawberry shortcakes into H.C. @ My Kitchen Treasures who is hosting a great event called Strawberry Feast! For more information on how to partake, do call by her blog.


48 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful treat! Mmmhhh, I'd love to eat one now...

Cheers,

Rosa

finsmom said...

You had me at shortcake!
This has to be one of my all time favourite desserts, and yours looks so beautiful and tasty!
Thanks for sharing!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I'm glad we're all basking in strawberry season!! :D

Ivy said...

I've never made shortcakes before but they sound easy to make and surely look delicious with the cream and strawberries.

J.Danger said...

mmmmm homemade shortcake! YUM!

n33ma said...

This is such a great looking strawberry shortcake.

Snooky doodle said...

oh what a shortcake !!! i d like to lick it :)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Another strawberry treat. Looks yummy!

Bunny said...

Oh my gosh this is delightful Rosie! I've never had clotted cream before, I have to try making it cause this is quite the treat!

Debbie said...

They look very, very good. I can always eat strawberry shortcake!

Kevin said...

It wouldn't be summer without strawberry shortcakes! They look great!

Happy cook said...

Rosie that looks so so luxcirious.
Wish i hd this for my sunday afternoon tea.
I have never made short cakes and this is so delicious looking that i woudn't mind giving it a try.
Thankyou for yet another delicous creation from your side.

nath said...

woww.. looks so great!, I love strawberry cakes..tasty :)

sangeeta said...

never mad shortcakes, but this one sounds easy and it's absolutely exotic.

Sylvie said...

Rosie, now that I've seen them I don't think I can go on living without having one. NOW! ;o)

Tracey said...

Mmmmhhhhh, they ooze deliciousness, Rosie. Makes me want to go and buy strawberries just looking at them!

Chef Jeena said...

I bet they taste so light and shortbready yummy! Looks fabulous as always Rosie. I am so into fresh strawberries at the moment. :-)

Donna-FFW said...

These strawberry shortcakes look incredible and I bet they taste amazing!!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Wow - they look like absolute perfection, Rosie!

The Caked Crusader said...

The recipe makes 6, so that's me sorted...don't know what anyone else will have!

Katiecakes said...

Oh yummy, they look so delightful packed full of strawberries! mmmmmmmm!

Katie xox

Heather said...

This is shortcake to dream on! It is so pretty and light.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Love them Rosie, just wonderful. Wish we still had strawberries here...am splat against the screen! There's soemthing whimsical about strawberry shortcakes...delicious!

Ingrid said...

MMMMMM, that looks heavenly! I hadn't thought to add a layer of strawberry jam!
~ingrid

Aparna said...

These look gorgeous, Rosie.
I made some during our last strawberry season (Dec/ Jan) and can hardly with for the end of the year again. :)

Bridgett said...

These are the perfect summertime treat. You can't go wrong with their simple and delicious flavors. Love these!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I can't believe it's June 4th and I still haven't made strawberry shortcakes. Mind if I snag one yours instead? ;)

giz said...

So fresh looking Rosie - who could possibly resist? I especially like the individual serving portions. Beautiful.

dessertobsessed said...

i love strawberry shortcake! these are gorgeous!

Namratha said...

Wow, that's one fully loaded Shortcake...awesomeee! :)

Margaret said...

These shortcakes look just too fabulous!
A good strawberry jam is a must, as you quite rightly say.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never had clotted cream but I heard it was wonderful!

Gloria said...

Thi look absolutely amazing and charm my dear Rosie!!! how all you make!!! I love strawberries!!! really nice
We dont have clotted cream but I heard is wonderful! xxGloria

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Enjoyed reading your blog today. I am still finding my way around blogland....I always love making new friends..I am posting about Disney so hope you will stop by. Commenting automatically puts you in the drawing for the June giveaway.

nora@ffr said...

rosie they look fabulous.. my kids gonna love this.. they are a huge fan of strawberry short cakes.. thanx a lot for sharing.. btw stunning photography as usual :) keep it up!!
cheers!!

Faery said...

Well I am british then, these look gorgeous I love strawberries and I only take tea not coffee :)

Katie said...

They look wonderful. The picture of summer.

Mary said...

what a treat for my tummy!

dabrah said...

Mmm...strawberries. You can never have too many of those. I used to make a peach shortcake years ago, but I don't even know where the recipe is now.

Sanghi said...

Hey Rosie dear, yummy yummy strawberries in shortcake..! Looks wonderful!:)

Nicisme said...

I'm loving these, bring on summer!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thank you - thank you all very much for all your kind words and for taking the time to call by! As you know I always enjoy *seeing* you all here :0)

H.C. it has been such a pleasure to send in my two strawberry bakes into your wonderful event - thanks sweetie for hosting this!

Best wishes Rosie xoxo

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Perfect - just what I need for tomorrow nights dessert!

Rose said...

YUM! These look so delicious, makes me feel like fresh strawberries :)

Missy said...

this looks lovely with all the strawberries oozing out!!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Rosie,
those look beautiful!!!

Bellini Valli said...

Shortcake in Canada is still a sponge cake, but I like the American version as well.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Ahhh thank you so much Tammy, Rose, Missy, Margot and Val :0)

As always so lovely to *see* you here!

Best wishes Rosie xoxo