My good friend, Melanie, of Canvas Shoppe and Woven Pear fame, brought Strawberry Shortcake to our Fourth of July Feast and they were delish! But she lamented her biscuits were store-bought because after trying many recipes, she couldn’t find a shortcake recipe with the proper biscuit.
Melanie and I both agree proper shortcake isn’t sandwiched in between sponge cake, pound cake or angel food cake – although delicious – its just not strawberry shortcake. She challenged me to find the perfect strawberry shortcake biscuits – a daunting task until I remembered my American Test Kitchen Best Ever Desserts Magazine – Page 54 – the perfect shortcake biscuits!
These biscuits are slightly sweet dusted with sugar, light in texture but still sturdy enough to compliment the mountain of strawberries and their permeating juices.
The strawberries themselves are a combination of mostly thinly sliced strawberries with just enough mashed strawberries to create a luscious fresh strawberry juice/syrup coating.
But the real unknown star of the show is Lemon Curd Whipped Cream. OH MY YUM!! I am kind of proud of this creation and more than obsessed with it.
I adore classic lemon curd. The sweet, silky citrus is all I could ever want in a dessert. Originally I was just going to make Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Curd but I decided the lemon curd would be bit too overpowering so I combined it with the heavy cream and it is heavenly! If you have never made lemon curd before – please don’t be intimidated. It is super simple, and SO worth facing your fears for this out-of-this-world light and fluffy Lemon Curd Whipped Cream.
These Strawberry Shortcakes are a great make ahead dessert so its nothing but stress free when time to serve. I find it easiest to make components of the dessert a day in advance because both the strawberries and lemon curd require time to chill. I make everything except the whipped cream and then the day of serving, I whip the cream and fold in the lemon curd…
And then I sandwich my rich cake-like biscuits with chilled sugar kissed strawberries, and cool, creamy Lemon Curd Whipped Cream and I dig in.
And then I eat the leftovers for breakfast. Fact.
Carlsbad Cravings Original with Biscuits barely adapted from Americas Test Kitchen Best Ever Desserts
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