Some things are just indicative of spring and strawberries are one of them. Sweet, beautifully red, pop-able, and a practically perfect seed display on the outside. But the berries I bought this afternoon were obviously grown under less than organic circumstances. They were a little pale and definitely not juicy, but I couldn't resist. These sad berries needed some help and shortcake seemed like a good answer.
However, the shortcake I have been accustomed to was always out of a Bisquick box. But I know now there is a healthier option and do my best to avoid food from boxes and cans. So I went on Pinterest and searched for a recipe. I ended up on the Better Homes and Gardens website with a fairly good recipe that could be tweaked to make it healthier.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, from freezer
(if you keep your flour in the freezer it makes wonderful flaky baked items because it keeps the butter cold and crumbly)1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/3 cup cold raw butter
1/2 cup raw, whole yogurt
1/4 cup raw honey
1 egg, pastured
2 tablespoons raw milk
5 cups strawberries, sliced
3 tablespoons raw honey
Whipped cream (please don't use Cool Whip, blech)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- In a 2 cup pyrex measure, measure out the yogurt first then add the honey, milk, and egg. Lightly beat with a fork or small wire whisk.
- Add to flour mixture and stir with a wood spoon until just moistened.
- Flatten the dough in the bowl the best you can. Take a butter knife and scored the top of the dough into 8 equal triangles.
- Scoop out each triangle and form a small disk on the parchment paper.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, combine 4 cups of berries and 3 tablespoons of honey in a bowl a lightly smash with a potato masher or something similar and set aside.
- To serve, split shortcakes in half; fill with strawberry mixture and whipped cream. Top with remaining berries.
Here is the original recipe if you are interested.
My kids are not fans of whipped cream, so I will typically mix up some raw yogurt, raw cream and sweeten it with a little honey. Then I drizzle it over. They prefer it that way and it sure is yummy.