Thursday, February 16, 2012

Basil Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake




If you like Strawberry Shortcake already, this will blow your mind. I know it sounds totally weird, but it is absolutely amazing and it will change your life. 

Plus, there are strawberries. Strawberries are a fruit. This is totally healthy.

Ingredients


  • 1 pound strawberries, stemmed and sliced (I ended up slicing them in half, and then into slivers.)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced (Thai basil is also a really great twist!)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Whipped Cream or ice cream (If you use ice cream, make sure it's softened. You can do this by letting it sit out of the freezer for 15-20 minutes or so)

Directions



  1. Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar, vinegar, and basil. Refrigerate while juices develop. This will take at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined (I actually ended up using my hands). Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan. You may have to spread it out a bit, but be careful not to press down too hard. Bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the shortcake from the pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally. (The picture above shows two full pieces of cake for dramatic effect, but it works muuuuch better if you use one piece split in half.)
  5. Spread whipped cream or ice cream on one half of your cake, and spoon strawberries over it. Top this with the remaining piece of cake and spoon more strawberries over the top.

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