A craving sets in this time of year for the first Spring Tennessee strawberries. This week baskets and baskets arrived at my local, downtown Nashville Farmer’s Market. Juicy and plump with the wonderful variations in shape and size not seen in supermarket berries.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Cut up and gently tossed with raw sugar awaiting a shortcake.
I am not a big fan of store-bought shortcakes when it is so easy to make my own. I enjoy a shortcake with a bit of texture and flavor which I get by adding cornmeal to the mixture. Buttery & barely sweet with a bit of crunch. Soft enough to soak up those berry juices.
Light golden brown right from the oven.
Here….have a bite. Treat yourself…strawberry season doesn’t last long. It’s as Easy-As-This!
Sugared Strawberries with Sweetened Cornmeal Shortcakes
- 1 quart of local strawberries, capped, sliced
- a few tablespoons of raw sugar, to taste for berries + 1 tablespoon for the shortcake
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup heavy, cold cream
- Ice cream or whipped cream, optional
- Toss sliced berries with a few tablespoons raw sugar to taste. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon raw sugar, the flour, cornmeal, baking powder & salt.
- Work cold butter into the flour mix using your fingers or a pastry cutter.
- Drizzle heavy cream over the top of the flour and stir to bring together to form a somewhat wet dough. Use your fingers to bring together into a ball. Knead a few times.
- Pat dough out into a rectangle about 10-12 inches x 5 inches. Cut into 6 pieces and place on a baking pan lined with parchment.
- Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Remove to cool on a rack.
- Serve cornmeal warm or room temperature shortcakes split open and topped with juicy strawberries. Add a scoop of ice cream of a dollop of whipped cream if desired.
Teresa Blackburn www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com http://www.foodonfifth.com