Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Besides succulent fresh, ripe strawberries, the key to a great strawberry shortcake lies in the quality of the biscuit. And this one is top-notch. These tender, sweet buttermilk biscuits are made with a blend of cake flour and whole-wheat flour and lightened by substituting reduced-fat cream cheese for some of the butter. As a delicately tangy alternative to whipped cream, we use a blend of cream and reduced-fat sour cream.

Nutrition Profile: Low Cholesterol   Low Sodium  

Serves 12

Prep Time 40 min

Total Time 60 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 4 cups sliced hulled strawberries, (about 1 1/4 pounds whole)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Cooking Directions

Step 1

To prepare shortcakes: Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Whisk cake flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut in butter using two knives or a pastry cutter until the pieces are about the size of peas. Cut in cream cheese until it’s the size of peas. Drizzle oil over the mixture; stir with a fork until just combined (the mixture will be crumbly). Make a well in the center and add egg and buttermilk. Gradually stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture is evenly moist. Knead the mixture in the bowl two or three times until it holds together.

Step 3

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust with flour and roll into an 8-by-10-inch rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the edges square using a butter knife. Cut the dough into 12 equal shortcakes. Transfer to a baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake the shortcakes until puffed and lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Step 5

To prepare filling: Toss strawberries with sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk whipping cream in a medium bowl until it’s thick and holds its shape, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in sour cream until combined.

Step 6

To serve, split the shortcakes horizontally. Spoon the berries and juice onto the bottoms, top with the cream mixture and replace the shortcake tops.


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