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I’m pretty excited about National Strawberry Shortcake Day. I recently went to a local produce farm and went strawberry picking. I was trying to get a list of recipes together so that I wouldn’t waste any of the strawberries I picked and didn’t want them to go bad if I didn’t use them quick enough. There are so many recipes you can research and even create with Strawberries. Next week Tuesday June 14th at The Streets of Southpoint, Macy’s & American Icons will have a store wide celebration for National Strawberry Shortcake Day. This tasteful event (no pun intended) will showcase how to prepare Strawberry Shortcake and attendees can enjoy samples while you learn how to recreate this delicious recipe at home. I’ll be honest I have never made Strawberry Shortcake before and am looking forward to learning to make this recipe at home with my daughters. If there is one thing we love to do its bake and make yummy desserts.
No more just making smoothies, chocolate covered strawberries and fresh cut strawberries to use as a fruit topping with our pancakes. That’s how I’ve been using my strawberries. National Strawberry Shortcake Day is giving me ideas. I am adding Strawberry Shortcake to our growing list of Strawberry recipes. Johnny Iuzzini, Macy’s Culinary Council expert and award-winning pastry chef, has a special Strawberry Shortcake recipe that he created and I can’t wait to try it. I’m sharing the recipe with you and hope you will give it a try. I always like to recreate recipes with a twist, so once I master making this who knows what I’ll come up with. However, when I do you’ll be the first to know about it. I love sharing my recipes!
Directions for Shortcakes:
Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the texture resembles fine crumbs. Whisk the milk and egg together and pour through the feed tube, hitting the pulse button until the dough comes together evenly.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a square. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Set the oven rack in the top position. Heat the oven to 425°F, preferably on convection. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment.
Flour the working surface lightly and roll the dough into a square about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares and place on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with pink salt. Bake until risen and lightly browned, about 4 to 5 minutes (longer if you’re not using convection).
Serve the shortcakes warm, with the Slow-Roasted Strawberries and Creme Chantilly (recipes below).
Yields 12 shortcakes
Directions for Vanilla Crème Chantilly:
Combine the cream, creme fraiche, sugar and scrapings from the vanilla bean, and whip with a hand mixer to stiff peaks.
Directions for Slow-Roasted Strawberries:
Heat the oven to 200°F, preferably on convection.
Hull the strawberries and make a cut across the top so the strawberries can stand up.
Toss the berries with verjus to just barely cover and taste. If you’re not using 8 Brix, you may want to add a few drops of balsamic vinegar to balance the acidity. Macerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Strain the strawberries and stand them up in a baking dish just big enough to hold them comfortably. Roast until the berries have darkened, turning almost a maroon color; they should be very tender but still hold their shape, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Remove the berries from the dish and cool to room temperature before serving.
For more tasty treats from Johnny and the rest of the Macy’s Culinary Council chefs, visit Macy’s Culinary Council.
To learn about this recipe and others up close and personal be sure to save the date for Strawberry Shortcake Day at Macy’s The Streets at Southpoint. Tuesday June 14th, this event will be going on throughout the day. You can visit the Macy’s Event Page for more information. I hope to see you there! There are events happening all over so if you aren’t local to the Raleigh-Durham, NC area you can put in your zip code and search for a Macy’s & American Icons Strawberry Shortcake Day event near you.