Valentine Strawberry Shortcakes

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Valentine Strawberry Shortcakes
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Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes

Flaky buttermilk biscuits, rich strawberry topping, and cool whipped cream combine beautifully in this classic Valentine's Day treat. Cutting the biscuits into heart shapes makes a memorable presentation.

What you'll need

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, chilled
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 quart strawberries cut small
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Helpful Tip:

For a richer taste, brush the tops of the biscuits with beaten whole egg or heavy cream.

Notes:

Instead of using a cookie cutter, pat the dough into a rectangle and cut into serving-sized squares with a sharp knife.

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

  2. In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine. Cut in the shortening and butter using two knives or a pastry blender until the pieces are about the size of peas. Add buttermilk and stir to blend.

  3. Turn out on lightly floured board. Knead about 4 times and pat into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out biscuits. Cut as many biscuits as possible by reforming scraps into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle.

  4. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden and baked through.

  5. In a medium bowl, mix strawberries and sugar to combine. Let sit until juice forms.

  6. In a large bowl with a beater on medium-high, beat cream with sugar and vanilla until whipped.

  7. To serve, slice through biscuit horizontally and place cut sides up on a plate. Top with 1/4 cup berries and juice and 1/3 cup of whipped cream.

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