Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe With Herbs

Use fresh herbs in this Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe.


| July/August 2007



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Piled high with whipped cream, Easy Strawberry Shortcake is the perfect ending to a meal.

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Since I have an herb garden, I like to pair the flavors of the herbs with fruit. The recipes work perfectly fine without the herbs. I think you’ll find that grenadine is an inspired syrup for strawberries.

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe With Herbs & Whipped Cream

Makes about eight 3-inch shortcakes

Topping:
About 5 sprigs lemon balm or orange mint, optional
1 pint whipping cream
1 quart strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
2 to 3 tablespoons grenadine syrup
Handful sweet woodruff sprigs, optional
1 heaping tablespoon sugar

Bruise herb sprigs and place in bowl with whipping cream, cover and refrigerate. In another bowl, toss berries with grenadine and woodruff and stir to mix. Let stand for at least 30 minutes, or up to a few hours.

Shortcakes:
2 cups unbleached white flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup half-and-half or whole milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped orange mint or lemon balm, optional
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted





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