Tantalizing Strawberry Shortcake
Picture yourself on a warm summer day, the sun shining brightly, and a gentle breeze in the air. What better way to embrace the season than with a Tantalizing Strawberry Shortcake? This delightful dessert is a true celebration of sweet, juicy strawberries and fluffy, tender cake layers. It’s a taste of summer in every bite.
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups whipped cream
- Gently toss the sliced strawberries with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in a bowl. Set aside to macerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a round cake pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate it until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla extract until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Transfer the dough to the greased cake pan and pat it down evenly.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the shortcake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the shortcake cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To assemble, slice the cooled shortcake in half horizontally. Spoon some macerated strawberries onto the bottom half, then add a layer of whipped cream. Place the top half of the shortcake over the cream.
- Garnish with additional strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Tantalizing Strawberry Shortcake is the ultimate summer dessert. With layers of sweet strawberries, fluffy cake, and billowy whipped cream, it’s a treat that captures the essence of the season.
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 280 | Total Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 350mg | Total Carbohydrates: 32g | Dietary Fiber: 2g | Sugars: 12g | Protein: 4g
Picture yourself savoring each bite of this Tantalizing Strawberry Shortcake, and let the taste transport you to the sunny days of summer. It’s a dessert worth sharing with loved ones at picnics, barbecues, or simply as a sweet ending to any meal. Enjoy this culinary masterpiece and create lasting memories with those you cherish.