Apr 25, 2018

Strawberry Balsamic Shortcake with Basil

Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Flakey and buttery biscuits are served with macerated strawberries and topped with homemade whipped cream.

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Strawberry Balsamic Shortcake with Basil

Strawberry shortcake makes me think of summer nights, eating dessert out on the back patio while the sun is still partly out even though it’s 8pm. In this recipe flakey and buttery biscuits are served with macerated strawberries and topped with homemade whipped cream.

I add a hint of balsamic to the strawberries and chopped basil for a twist on this classic dessert. These additions make the dish more savory while keeping it slightly sweet. Even people who don’t count sweets as a weakness won’t be able to keep their hands off these unique strawberry shortcakes.

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Strawberries – I love really good strawberries, the kind that are deep red and when you bite into them they are incredibly juicy and sweet. In California my favorite strawberries come from Oxnard. You can get them on the side of the road along the coast or at farmers’ markets and they never disappoint. Strawberries don’t ripen once they are picked off the vine so when buying strawberries, look for ones that are already completely bright red with no white around the top.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Balsamic adds a slightly sweet, acidic note to this strawberry shortcake recipe. Balsamic is sweeter and more syrupy than other wine vinegars. It’s made from the unfermented juice of grapes, called “must”, and aged for 12 years or more.
  • Turbinado sugar – Also known as sugar in the raw, it’s minimally processed, evident in the larger granules. It comes from the first pressing of sugar cane and thus retains that natural, richer flavor. Because of the bigger granules of sugar it’s often used for finishing desserts.
strawberry balsamic shortcake with basil closeup recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

How to Make Strawberry Balsamic Shortcake

For the shortcake biscuits:

  1. Heat oven. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Make the biscuits. First, add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. Next, add the butter and continue to pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Finally, add the milk and continue to pulse until moistened.
  3. Shape and chill the dough. Turn out onto a clean, lightly floured work surface and shape into a circle. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut out biscuits. Roll the dough out into a circle 1-inch thick. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut biscuits. Place on a greased baking sheet. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the egg wash then sprinkle with the turbino sugar.
  5. Bake. Bake until golden brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.

For the macerated balsamic strawberries:

  1. Mix the strawberries. In a medium mixing bowl stir together the strawberries, sugar and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Macerate the strawberries. Let stand at room temperature until the juices from the strawberries are released and a syrup forms, about 30 minutes.

For serving:

  1. Make the whipped cream. Add the chilled heavy cream and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute.
  2. Assemble and serve. Split the biscuits in half and spoon some of the strawberry mixture in between. Top with a scoop of whipped cream and the other half of the biscuit. Garnish with basil.
strawberry balsamic shortcake with basil recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

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Strawberry Balsamic Shortcake with Basil

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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Serves 8

Ingredients:

For the shortcake biscuits:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • cups unsalted butter, chilled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw

For the macerated balsamic strawberries:

  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

For serving:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade basil

Instructions:

For the shortcake biscuits:

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF (230ºC).
  • Add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the butter and continue to pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk and continue to pulse until moistened. Turn out onto a clean, lightly floured work surface and shape into a circle. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out into a circle 1-inch thick. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut biscuits. Place on a greased baking sheet. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the egg wash then sprinkle with the turbino sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.

For the macerated balsamic strawberries:

  • In a medium mixing bowl stir together the strawberries, sugar and balsamic vinegar. Let stand at room temperature until the juices from the strawberries are released and a syrup forms, about 30 minutes.

For serving:

  • Add the chilled heavy cream and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute.
  • Split the biscuits in half and spoon some of the strawberry mixture in between. Top with a scoop of whipped cream and the other half of the biscuit. Garnish with basil.

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