10 Juli 2009

Recipe: Spring Cake

This is a strawberry shortcake. It sounds yummy :-)

Ingredients (6-8 portions)
Strawberry sauce:
1 kg strawberries, washed and cut into pieces (not too small)
75 g sugar
1 T lemon juice
Fresh strawberries:
750 g Strawberries, washed and cut in half, kept in the fridge

280 g flour
2 ½ t baking powder
1 t salt
1 T sugar
75 g cold butter, cut into small pieces
180 ml cold cream

1 Begin by making the strawberry sauce. Put everything into a small pan, lid on, and cook until it boils. Remove the lid and let simmer for 10 minutes.
2 Prepare the fresh strawberries and set aside in a container in the fridge.
3 Preheat your oven to 225°C. Line a baking sheet with paper.
4 Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then blend in the cold butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the cold cream and stir just until a dough forms.
5 Put the dough out onto a slightly floured work surface and pat or roll out the dough to 1cm thickness. Use a glass or cookie cutter to cut the dough into portions and place on the baking sheet. Try and cut the pieces very close together so you don't have to re-roll out the dough, which ruins the light texture of it.
6 Bake for 10-12 minutes.
7 Now pack up your items for picnic transport as follows: wrap the biscuits in a cotton towel, take your warm strawberry sauce in one container, the fresh in another. For those of you who like whipped cream, don't forget to pack a can of it.
8 Here is the assembly of the dessert: take a biscuit and but it in half, horizontally. Put the bottom half on a plate, followed by the warm sauce, the fresh berries, the whipped cream and the other biscuit half. Eat and enjoy.

Everything by Cynthia Barcomi
If you haven't tried her baking stuff, get her baking book. It's absolutely great.

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