Classic Strawberry Shortcake

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Valentines day is tomorrow! And what better way to celebrate valentines day than with a classic strawberry shortcake? This cute and easy dessert is the perfect way to show someone that you care. Hope that you all have a wonderful day and that you are with people you love.

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Strawberry shortcake is by far one of my favorite desserts. The soft biscuit paired with fresh cream and sweet strawberries is just such a perfect combination. Strawberry shortcake isn’t really considered a winter dessert but it’s just so delicious, why limit it to only one season? These biscuits are great as a strawberry shortcake but are also great as morning biscuits with some butter and jam.

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Strawberry Shortcake (serves 3)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 and ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  •  tsp salt
  • ½ stick cold butter cut into pieces
  •  cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 pint of strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add butter and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles a course crumb. If the butter starts to melt or feel sticky, run your hands under cold water to cool them down.

Make a dent in the center of the mixture and add ⅓ of a cup of the cream and ½ of a teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Mix until dough begins to come together and resembles a ball. Do not over mix. If mixture is not coming together, add about another tablespoon of cream. Let rest in fridge for a ½ hour.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to ½ inch thickness. Cut circles out of dough using a cup and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 min.

While biscuits bake, put remaining heavy cream into a bowl. Beat cream until soft peaks form then add in powdered sugar and the remaining ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat to combine.

To assemble just sandwich the strawberries and cream between the biscuits.

enjoy

Apple Sauce Bread

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This recipe for apple sauce bread is super easy and delicious. I know, apple sauce bread? Sounds a little odd, but I promise the apple sauce just adds a little extra moisture to the bread giving it a soft, cake like texture. It pairs great with some after dinner tea or coffee and never last long in my house. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients. The chocolate chips and pecans can easily be substituted for other mix ins if you prefer.IMG_3592

This recipe makes 1 large loaf or you can split the batter between two mini 5 1/2″ x 3″ loaf pans like I’ve done. I line my loaf pans with parchment paper leaving a little extra to hang off the edges so that I can easily pull out the loafs once they’re baked.

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Apple Sauce Bread (makes 1 loaf)

you will need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup bran flakes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chunky apple sauce
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the over to 350° and grease an 8″x4″ loaf pan.

Combine flour, bran flakes, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

Beat egg until frothy in a small bowl. then stir in oil, apple sauce and banana.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir. Mixture should be thick and lumpy.

Gently stir pecans and chocolate chips into the batter. Don’t over mix.

Pour batter into the pan and cook for 40-50 min. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it.

Cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

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