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Recipe

Strawberry-Mint Shortcakes

Scott Phillips

Servings: eight.

Minty sugar-crusted biscuits, strawberries, and sweetened sour cream come together for a new take on a traditional favorite. For the freshest color, slice the mint for the berries just before you need it.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs. packed, finely chopped fresh spearmint, peppermint, or chocolate mint leaves, plus 1 Tbs. thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 oz. (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for rolling the dough
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces, plus 1 Tbs., melted, for brushing
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 cup sour cream

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 360
      Fat Calories (kcal): 130
      Fat (g): 15
      Saturated Fat (g): 10
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
      Cholesterol (mg): 45
      Sodium (mg): 410
      Carbohydrates (g): 51
      Fiber (g): 2
      Protein (g): 6

Preparation

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Draw or trace an 8-inch circle on each of two pieces of parchment and flip them over so you see the circle through the parchment.
  • In a small bowl, mix the finely chopped mint with 3 Tbs. of the sugar, gently pressing with the back of a spoon until the sugar becomes damp, like wet sand; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, 2 Tbs. of the sugar, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in the half-and-half and mix just until the dough comes together in a ball and all bits of flour have been incorporated.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape into two disks. Lightly flour one piece of parchment and roll out one disk into a 8-inch circle, using the parchment circle as a guide. Flour the surface as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Repeat with the remaining dough and parchment. Brush any excess flour off the parchment. Transfer one of the circles, still on its parchment, to a large rimmed baking sheet. Brush it with  half of the melted butter and spread with half of the remaining mint sugar.
  • Invert the second dough round onto the first and remove the top parchment. Brush the top with the remaining butter and spread with the remaining mint sugar. Cut the dough into 8 wedges (a pizza cutter works well). Use an off-set spatula to gently move the wedges at least 1 inch apart (keeping the tops and bottoms aligned). Bake until the biscuits are lightly browned and the sugar crust has set, 20 to 22 minutes— it’s fine if they haven’t risen much. Cool on a rack until ready to assemble.
  • While the biscuits bake, mix the strawberries with 1/4 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl; let sit at room temperature. In a small bowl, stir the sour cream and the remaining 3 Tbs. sugar; refrigerate until ready to use.

To assemble each shortcake:

  • Stir the thinly sliced mint into the strawberries. Gently twist (or pry with a fork) a biscuit to separate the top and bottom. Set the bottom on a serving plate and top with about 1/3 cup strawberries and some juice. Spoon on 1-1/2 Tbs. sweetened sour cream and top with the other half of the biscuit. Add another small dollop of cream, if you like.

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  • AnnieDon | 06/29/2013

    Mint adds something new to this classic dessert.

  • gardeningtocook | 06/17/2013

    Great combination of mint and strawberries - our mint plant grew like mad this spring, so I have been looking for recipes. This was fabulous, I used low fat sour cream, what a surprise that was - so good ! I will try Greek yogurt, too. I may leave the mint out of the strawberries next time. I might have used a bit too much... The shortcakes with the mint sugar were wondful.

  • AFineCook | 04/06/2009

    I have made this recipe 3 times now, and will continue all through the season. One of the shortest cakes, it is flaky, tender, and just perfect with the crusty sweet mint glaze from the sugar. Perfect foil for the strawberries and mint. I substituted Greek yogurt (nonfat or 2%) for sour cream with fabulous results. In the shortcake, I used 3 tbsp of butter instead of 2tbsp. Now I want to try it with different mint varieties. Hmm, how about lemon verbena!!!

  • mintybasil | 04/02/2009

    The shortcake itself was delicious. I didn't have a pastry blender so I used a knife to get it to the consistency it needed to be, and I found that adding more cream to the dough helped a lot. The sweetened sour cream was a very interesting touch, and made me rethink sour cream's future usage in general. Overall I enjoyed it, but next time I'll leave out the mint, it got a little overwhelming by the end of it, and I'll make strawberry sugar for the shortcake itself.

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