unclrashid (unclrashid) wrote,

Shortcakes recipe

From "Vintage Cakes" by Jane Brocket

These look like scones, but have a softer, more open, crumbly texture. The better to absorb the strawberry juice! The dough came out a bit soft and spread out too thin when cooked, but were still delicious. I think they just need a few tweaks to be perfect.

1 & 1/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick cold butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cream

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Mix cream and egg, pour into flour mixture. Stir with fork until dough gathers into ball.

On a floured board, roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 14 -16 squares.

Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet in a 400 oven for 12 minutes or so and pale golden brown.

Cool completely before serving

Notes: I'm going to increase flour to 1.5 cups. Roll them out about 5/8 to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 or 12 squares. place them at least 2 inches apart on baking sheet.

OK, I tried various mods to get these not to melt into puddles and to look like the pic, but nothing really worked, and the variations that almost worked just tasted like scones. So I gave up on modifying the recipe and just patted the very moist dough into a buttered 8 or 9 inch square pan. Bingo!!!! Had to bake it for 25 minutes or so.
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