Sunday, May 31, 2009

A sweet way to end the day

After 4 days of straight rain last week, we got another taste of summer this weekend. We spent as much time as we could outside, mowing, gardening, walking, biking... and just chillin' on the porch. So I couldn't think of any better way to end a summery weekend (if it has to end) than with some fresh strawberry shortcake.

A lot of times I just use Bisquick® biscuits for my shortcake (or even store-bought, if I'm in a hurry), but I didn't have any Bisquick on hand, so I made my biscuits from scratch. They're pretty much just a buttermilk scone (I seem to be doing a lot of those lately!). Here's the recipe:

2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
4 Tbsp. salted butter, chilled
3/4 c. - 1 c. buttermilk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar and baking powder. Add in butter and pulse until crumbly. Pour mixture out into a medium bowl.
In a separate small bowl, combine buttermilk and vanilla. Slowly start pouring the vanilla buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture, stirring constantly just until dough comes together in a sticky ball. (You may not use all the buttermilk.)
Divide into 6 pieces and place on a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool completely before slicing for strawberry shortcake.


LK- Healthy Delicious said...

yum! that looks so nice and sweet and gloppy!

I was in the pioneer valley today and I thought of you. I hope all is going well!
ps- I love the new header, but the title is a little hard to read. The poms are gorgeous though!

Jenn said...

A perfect way to celebrate the sunshine. All that whipped cream and strawberry in the between those slices of shortbread. Yummy!!

Love the new layout, btw. =)

ValleyWriter said...

LK - thanks for the tip about the title. I was wondering if the color was too light - I changed it & hope it helps!

Crazy About Cakes said...

Oh my goodness! That looks so yummy. And...Our strawberries are starting to ripen! I will definitely be making this. I love your blog!

Tangled Noodle said...

I wish I could end all summer days like this.