Sammy the Seal

Strawberry kiwi shortcake

In delicious, vinyl on Monday, 30 January, 2012 at 11:36

Song: Strawberries
Artist: Asobi Seksu
Album: Citrus

Sounds great live. I was rather indifferent until seeing them. Pretty rocking. Aww, fun memories. Anyway, I can’t remember which came first, the song or the dessert idea, maybe they were concurrent. I suppose I coulda gone classic, without the kiwi, but I saw it on sale, so why not. I mean, strawberry kiwi flavors exist in candy, drinks, etc. I just wanted to be different, I suppose. The entire process was surprisingly easy and quick, though the cream needs to be whipped and refrigerated a couple of hours beforehand so it can set. So:

2 c flour
½ t salt
1 t baking soda
¼ c sugar
½ c cold butter, sliced
1 egg, beaten
¾ c buttermilk (or, 2 T vinegar, with milk added to make 3/4 c– let curdle for five minutes)
1 c heavy cream, whipped (sweetened with 1 T superfine sugar)
1 pound kiwi, peeled and sliced thinly
1 pound strawberry, hulled and sliced thinly

I blended the flour, salt, soda, and sugar, then cut in the butter until there were only tiny lumps. I then mixed the egg and buttermilk, then poured it all into the flour mixture and stirred until there was no loose flour lying about. It was rather wet and sticky, and hard to form, so I plopped it all out into eight mounds onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. Perhaps next time I use a spoon instead of hands. The bake went for twenty minutes at 375°, the biscuits should be a light/pale brown on top. Let cool a bit. When serving, slice the biscuit in two near the bottom, then add sliced fruit, then whipped cream on top, then put the top of the biscuit back on. Then photograph and/or eat it.

I was going to add a glaze on top, sprinkled with demerara sugar, but forgot to bring the sugar to my destination. Oh well. Also, I thought about decreasing the liquid or increasing the flour for next time, to make for a more stiff, less amorphous dough, but the biscuits came out fine, despite the difficulty of portioning out. I also added about a tablespoon of sugar to the strawberry and kiwi before tossing them together. I might add a little more next time, I actually could’ve gone with sweeter. Same with the whipped cream, maybe a little more sugar. I don’t like to overdo it with sweetness, but a little more could’ve been done with. That aside, I was pleased. Very pretty they are.

strawberry kiwi shortcake 1

strawberry kiwi shortcake 2

strawberry kiwi shortcake 3

strawberry kiwi shortcake 4


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