Real Strawberry Shortcake
- 6 C. cleaned and sliced strawberries
- 1 1/2 C. sugar
- 2 C. cake flour or all-purpose flour
- Pinch salt
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 4 Tbs. cold butter
- 7/8 C. milk (low-fat is ok)
- Sweetened whipped cream
Preheat the oven to 450. Toss the strawberries with 1 C. sugar. Mix remaining sugar with flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl or food processor. Cut the butter into bits, and either pulse it a few times quickly in the processor with the dry ingredients or take a little of the dry ingredients, rub a bit of butter into them with your fingers and drop back in the bowl. All the butter should be thoroughly blended.
If you are using a food processor, add the milk in a slow stream, pulsing on and off, just to mix. (It is easier than it sounds.) Or slowly add the milk to the bowl, stirring it in with a large spoon until the mixture forms a ball. The mixture should be sticky; use a little more or less milk if necessary. Drop mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet, one heaping Tbs. per cake. Bake about 10 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown. (Keep an eye on them; once browning starts, it goes quickly.) Let cool a bit; top with strawberries and their juices and the whipped cream.