What is your favorite season? Winter? Spring?Summer?, Fall? Or is it Strawberry season?! Strawberries are my favorite fruit! My husband happily sent a text to me last weekend –
“Scott Berries are in and I got two quarts! Happy days are here again!”
I couldn’t agree more; strawberry days are happy days!
Scott Berries is the local berry farm where we buy our strawberries each year. They are so fresh and delicious. I was making supper when he told me he was bringing home strawberries, so i quickly whipped up a batch of shortcakes so we could have the iconic Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. This is my favorite recipe for shortcakes. They beat those little fluffy cakes from the grocery store by a long-shot!
This recipe is the lightened up version from Cooking Light. They are sweet and crunchy and the perfect soft little bed for berries and all their juices!
Light Strawberry Shortcakes
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons chilled stick butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- Cooking spray
- 6 tablespoons frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
- Whole strawberries (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425°.Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk, stirring just until moist (dough will be sticky).
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 times with floured hands. Pat dough into a 6 x 4-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 6 squares. Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- Split shortcakes in half horizontally using a serrated knife; place each bottom half on a dessert plate. Spoon 1/4 cup strawberry mixture over each bottom half. Top with shortcake tops; spoon 1/4 cup strawberry mixture over each top. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon whipped topping; garnish with whole strawberries, if desired.
White you’re at it, why not slip outside and enjoy this seasonal treat? One of my grandsons asked, “Can we’re eat our dessert outside?” My answer was, “Absolutely!” If it’s possible to improve on fresh strawberries, I think it tasted even better!
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Refresh your May with fresh strawberries!