It is the end of July. Summer is halfway over and the strawberries we harvested are starting to go bad. What can we do with them? We could throw them out or make a delicious dessert with them. I opted for the later choice. It is Faux Strawberry Shortcake time!

This faux strawberry shortcake is my own take on the recipe because why not? I’m trying to use up old strawberries so there will be a strawberry sauce instead of lovely fresh strawberries on the shortcake. Theoretically, this take on the recipe has less calories but we shall see.

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Faux Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons (or 1/3 cup) cold, chopped butter (hard margarine also works)
  • 1 cup chopped ripe strawberries with their juice
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, sour milk or greek yogurt
Sauce
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed with their juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

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Preheat oven to 450 F.
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Place frozen strawberries in a saucepan and let them slowly thaw at medium heat.
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Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl.

Cut in butter and mix until there is a coarse mixture.

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By this time, the strawberries should be thawed enough to blend. Blend the strawberries until it is a foamy mixture.
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Add the chopped strawberries. Mix and add the buttermilk. From here, you can add more flour to the mixture and cut it out to bake or just drop on the cookie sheet.
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Make sure to cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake for 5 – 10 minutes until the bottom is fully cooked and feels firm.
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Add the sugar and cornstarch to the sauce and stir with a whisk.
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Continue to stir until it thickens as above.
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By now, the shortcakes are cooked and cooled. Split them in half and pour the sauce over top. It is really good both with and without whip cream.
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Enjoy!

Tip: For any fruit sauce you’re doing, an easy recipe to keep in mind is: 1 cup fruit to 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup sugar.

Thank you

Well, that was the faux strawberry shortcake recipe. I hope it didn’t make you too hungry but also feel free to try it out! You can always send me ideas for other recipes you want me to try at one of the social media links below. Happy Eating!

Victoria R. Maybury

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