Friday, July 16, 2010

Favorite Summery Dessert!

I loved Nathalie's idea of posting our favorite summery things to cook so I am going to keep with the trend. I love Strawberries and am always looking for new fun ways to use them. This is one of my all time favorites cause it's fast, easy, different, has a great textures and best of all they are individually sized!

Almond-cornmeal Strawberry Shortcakes

  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature, plus more for tins
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for tins
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Make shortcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 6 jumbo muffin tins (each 1-cup capacity); set aside.
  2. In a food processor, blend 1/2 cup sliced almonds with sugar until finely ground. Add butter, eggs, vanilla, and salt; process until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary (mixture may appear curdled at this point). Add flour and cornmeal; pulse just until moistened.
  3. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup sliced almonds. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cakes 5 minutes in pan; remove from pan, and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  4. Make filling: Hull and quarter strawberries. In a medium bowl, combine with 1/3 cup sugar. Let stand until syrupy, tossing occasionally, at least 20 minutes (and up to 6 hours, covered and refrigerated).
  5. In another medium bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar until soft peaks form.
  6. With a serrated knife, split cooled shortcakes horizontally. Place bottom halves on serving plates. Dividing evenly, layer with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream; cover with shortcake tops.
Recipe thanks to Martha Stewart

1 comment:

Nathalie said...

This looks delicious Carrie! And easy enough for me to make ;) TFS!