Strawberry shortcake with basil whipped cream
Author: Sean Hall, adapted from Better Homes and Garden
Ingredients
Shortcakes
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup butter, frozen
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
Strawberry topping
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5 cups of strawberries, halved
  • 1 tsp gelatin
Basil whipped cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1½ pints of heavy whipping cream
  • 10 basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
Directions
Shortcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Grate frozen butter into the dry mixture and lightly toss.
  3. In a small bowl combine egg and milk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. The dough will be sticky.
  4. On a well floured surface, roll dough out until ⅝ inch thick. Cut with a 2.5-inch biscuit cutter (or use a small drinking glass). Reform scraps into a ball and reroll, taking care not to overwork the dough. You should have about 8 shortcakes.
  5. Place the shortcakes on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
Strawberry topping
  1. Add a teaspoon of the water to the gelatin to let it bloom for a minute.
  2. Add ½ cup of sugar, rest of the water water, and gelatin to strawberries in a medium pan on medium heat. Stir well. Let the mixture come to soft boil before taking off the heat. You want the berries to still retain their structure.
Basil whipped cream
  1. Right before serving (after berries and shortcakes have come to room temperature), being careful not to splatter, whip the cream with the sugar until it achieves medium peaks.
  2. Fold in the chiffonade of basil into the mixture so it's well incorporated.
Assembly
  1. Carefully split each shortcake in half with a fork.
  2. Spoon equal portions of the strawberry mixture over the shortcakes. Add whipped cream on over the strawberries, and top with the other top-half of the shortcake.
Recipe by heo yeah yum at http://heoyeahyum.com/2012/10/strawberry-shortcake-with-basil-whipped-cream/