Strawberry orange shortcakes

  • Time cooking time: 35 min
  • Yield serves 10


    For compote:
    3 1-pint baskets strawberries, hulled, washed
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 cinnamon stick

    For shortcakes:
    2 3/4 cups flour
    1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    1/4 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons minced orange peel
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 cups whipping cream


    Slice berries; combine in a medium saucepan with sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until compote thickens, stirring occasionally. Cool.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend first 6 ingredients in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 cup cream and process until evenly moist. Transfer to a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup cream.
    Knead gently until dough forms. Roll out dough on floured surface to a thickness of 3/4 inch. Use 2-inch round cutter to cut out dough. Gather dough. Roll and cut more to make 20. Place on heavy baking sheet. Brush top with 1/4 cup cream. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake until brown about 35 minutes.
    Whip remaining 1 1/2 cups cream to firm peaks.
    Spoon 1/3 cup compote in shallow plates. Cut shortcakes horizontally in half. Arrange two shortcake bottoms on each plate. Spoon dollop of cream on each bottom half. Press tops over.
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