Yearly, my grandma and her long-time boyfriend grew a huge garden, but they never grew strawberries. Instead, they'd trek west to Mondamin, Iowa, and bring back pints upon pints of fresh berries to share. In our move, I've driven by the exit for Mondamin every time I come north, and I always think of that. So you could say I've had strawberry shortcake on the brain.
Those sweet shortcakes my dad made originated from Bisquick, and so that's been my go-to in the past, also. However, Kyle & I are between houses, and I'm trying not to buy a bunch of pantry items I'll have to move. I have the basics like flour and sugar, but for some reason a tiny box of Bisquick seemed to be where I drew the line - it seemed rational until I typed it! I set out to find a sweet biscuit recipe, and had very little luck! This recipe was for the topping on a strawberry cobbler, though, and while that's probably delicious (I'll try it, let's be honest), this will be my recipe for shortcake from now on. The biscuits were just like I remember, but maybe a touch sweeter, and very tender. I never sweeten the berries, because like I said, I love a big dollop of fresh whipped cream on top. My grandma always did, though - it was a treat reserved for Grandma's! :)
With summer in full-swing, I had to whip up a batch of these, and I'm so glad I did. Happy summer!
1 C. all-purpose flour
3 T. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
3 T. butter, cold and diced
⅓ C. milk
1 tsp. sugar (for tops)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry cutter/two forks/your hands, cut in the butter until it resembles sand.
Pour milk over the top evenly, and mix just until the batter is incorporated. Don’t over-mix! This dough makes two very large biscuits, or it could easily split into four smaller biscuits. Drop rounds of dough onto the parchment, and sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
1 C. whipping cream
¼ C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
This is the algorithm for whipped cream! For every cup of cream you use, add ¼ C. sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla.
Beat cream until soft peaks form; add sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat to desired consistency.
Serve fresh-sliced strawberries and whipped cream over biscuits.