I was going to make my shortcake out of Bisquick but decided at the last minute to make these. They are the best I’ve ever had! I heeded the advice of others and omitted the cream of tartar.
I cut back baking powder to only 3 tsp. thought 4 tsp. was too much. I gently pulled mixture together after cutting in butter, with my hands in mixing bowl and instead of rolling and cutting, I formed into 12 gently formed balls. Flattened top just slightly and sprinkled with coarse sugar carefully cuz it tends to want to roll of the top. Just lightly pat into top so it stays put. They were great! Taste a little bit like shortbread. Very tender.
I always use more sugar in my strawberries to create more of a juice. For the viewer that was wondering why theirs came out flat, check the expiration date on your baking powder, it is usually found on the bottom of the can. It doesn’t stay fresh that long, so that might have been the problem. Hope this helps.
Hands down the best shortcakes I’ve ever made! These shortcakes are flaky like a pie crust but soft and chewy like a biscuit. I prefer to add lemon extract with poppy seeds and to make 6 large rather than the 12 smaller ones.
I also roll them in my hands and flatten on the cookie sheet and use half-and-half if I don’t have the cream. I originally made this recipe following all ingredients to a T and it was delicious, my lemon version just sounded good one night. I also mixed in some fresh blueberries as they are good with lemon as well. Serve with homemade sweetened whipped cream and WOW! what a treat.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup butter
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons white sugar.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cream and egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Press into a half-inch thick sheet. Cut into squares. Place on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over sliced berries.
Let shortcakes cool before splitting and filling with sugared berries.