Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TWD ~ BCM ~ Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-American Style


Baking Chez Moi ~ Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-American Style

It’s time for Tuesdays with Dorie again! This week our pick is for the very seasonable "Strawberry Shortcakes, Franco~American Style”.
Here in NJ, the pick your own Strawberry fields are open! It just so happens, that my friend and I went picking last week! The fragrance of the fields permeate the air as you drive into the parking area, with an alluringly, sweet strawberry aroma.  As I picked these beautiful berries, I knew I would be making jam, that’s a ritual for me. I also knew I would have plenty left over for a few luscious desserts! What should I make? That question was answered when I read this week’s pick for Tuesdays with Dorie!  Sweet serendipity!

This will definitely be a “go to” for Strawberry Shortcake…YUM!

This was a much easier recipe than I thought it would be. It begins with a cake batter, that Dorie tells us is her twist on the American strawberry shortcake; using a French biscuit  (biscuits à la cuillère) Ladyfingers. A lovely sponge cake piped into rounds.

Piped batter
Mine baked in 8 minutes…perfectly golden
A spongy, moist delicious cake 
The batter starts by beating egg whites, adding sugar slowly, then adding the whisked egg yolks, that had been lightened with some of the meringue. Fold the flour-cornstarch mixture into the egg mixture.  And that’s it!
I piped 3-inch circles of batter onto my baking sheet. They baked up fast. Mine were done in 8 minutes, and had a nice light golden color.  
Once they cool, it’s time to assemble the Strawberry Shortcakes. Mix the strawberries with sugar, and let stand while making the whipped cream.
I had never baked Ladyfingers before, and was surprised at how easy they were to make. So easy in fact, that I would without doubt make them again. Strawberry shortcakes with a French flair! I didn’t roast my strawberries, but am intrigued by the idea. Something new to try next time.
These little cakes were luscious! The ladyfinger biscuits were spongy, moist and delectable! A perfect summer dessert! Happy Tuesday!

To see what the other bakers thought of this lovely Strawberry Shortcake check it out on our Tuesdays with Dorie site.  The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans new cookbook, "Baking Chez Moi”.

 These were a great way to enjoy a beautiful Spring evening on our deck!
Check out this gorgeous spongy cake, with all that cream and strawberries!

18 comments:

  1. I was surprised at how easy they were too. Ladyfingers sound so intimidating. Thank you, Dorie!

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  2. Kathy, they look so good. I loved the ladyfinger batter, a new one for me, but so delicious. Isn't is fun
    to pick fresh strawberries? Tricia and I did that when we lived in Readington, NJ, so good and so
    fresh.

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  3. I know, weren't the lady fingers super easy? I was surprised too! And they turned out so well!

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  4. Yes, it was an easier recipe than I would have thought. I think my family would have preferred them with fresh berries, but the roasted option was lovely, too. Yours look perfect!

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  5. Looks so delicious, perfect for the hot summer days.

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  6. These shortcakes were good weren't they - and yours are so pretty. your jam doesn't sound bad either ;)

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  7. Your shortcakes look beautiful! They look far more difficult to make than they actually were.

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  8. You take the best photos, so professional. Your shortcakes look great. I loved this dessert and plan to make it again.

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  9. They look wonderfully delicious. I love your beautiful blue serving plates too.

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  10. You always have the best pictures! Love them! Great job on the baking too :)

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  11. I wish I had a farm close to town. We have a pick your own berries farm but it is 50 miles away and an hour drive. I just buy at the store, sigh. Anyway do try the roasted strawberries, they are divine.

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  12. These look gorgeous. I'm a little worried about making the ladyfingers, but you made it sound very doable. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  13. I loved how simple this was as well. Your photos are beautiful, and I love your dessert plates!

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  14. A lovely use of strawberries Kathy! I know my kids would love this! I have never baked ladyfingers before either but my mother has a delicious recipe using them and we have a terrible time finding them without some added flavor like lemon (which really isn't right with a chocolate dessert).

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  15. This looks like the perfect shortcake, Kathy - not crumbly like my mother's and not that Icky, spongy cake from the store. Brava! Can't wait to try them!

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  16. Okay, I am finally catching up with life...
    First of all - really lovely pictures, Kathy. All your hard work and those lessons have really paid off.
    Second, the wonky weather we had up here this spring kind of killed strawberry season - which made me sad. However, once I roasted the strawberries I couldn't stay disappointed for long. These were so delicious!

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