Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Just like Grandma used to make! For an extraordinarily pretty dessert, replace some of the strawberries with other mixed berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or currants. Instead of making individual shortcakes, you can also bake one large shortcake (use an 8-inch cake pan for this instead of a cookie sheet), split it, fill with the berries, and then cut into wedges for serving.
- 1 quart strawberries, washed, stemmed, and sliced
- Sugar to taste
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier or Triple Sec (optional)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring the board
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
- 2 tablespoons cold shortening
- 2/3 cup milk or half and half
- Melted butter
- Sweetened whipped cream for serving
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the strawberries and sugar to taste (1 to 2 tablespoons is usually enough to sweeten the berries). Add the Grand Marnier, if using, and stir, crushing some of the berries slightly to release their juices. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. 2. Sift the 2 cups of flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. (Or just put the ingredients into the bowl and whisk to combine.) Cut the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, fork, or knife until the mixture is reduced to pea-size clumps. Make a well in the center, and pour in the milk. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Lightly flour a cutting board or countertop and dump the shortcake mixture onto it. Knead lightly to bring the dough together. Pat into a 1/2-inch thick circle and cut rounds out with a biscuit cutter or an upended glass. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Brush the tops of the shortcakes with the melted butter. 3. When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 425 degrees F or High and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. 4.Put the pan with the shortcakes on the grill grate and close the lid. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the shortcakes have risen and are nicely browned. Let cool slightly, then slit in half with a knife. Divide the strawberries between the bottom halves of the shortcakes, then replace the tops. Top with sweetened whipped cream.