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Vanilla Strawberry Mega Shortcake King Arthur Recipe

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Gail Hagen
Added: Saturday, August 22, 2009



3-1/4 cups (14 ounces) Mellow Pastry Blend OR
3 cups 2 tablespoons (14 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup (2 ounces) confectioners' sugar or glazing (icing) sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounce package cold cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla


1 tablespoon milk
sparkling white sugar, for topping


1-1/2 quarts (1 1/2 pounds) fresh strawberries
1/3 cup (2 3/8 ounces) sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
one small (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1-3/4 cups (14 ounces) milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
whipped cream or whipped topping of your choice

FILLING: Hull and slice 1 quart (1 pound) of the strawberries; slicing each berry in half lengthwise should be sufficient. Put them in a 9-inch square cake pan, and sprinkle them with the sugar. Put the strawberries in the oven, turn it to 400F, and let them start to bake while you make the shortcake.

SHORTCAKE: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the cream cheese and butter, using your fingers, a pastry blender, fork, or a mixer, until the mixture is unevenly crumbly. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla and milk.

Combine the liquid and dry ingredients and stir until the dough becomes cohesive. Don't mix and mix and mix; the more you work with the dough, the tougher it'll get. Remember: an iron fist in a velvet glove does the trick! When everything is cohesive save for a bit of dry crumbs in the bottom of the bowl, give the dough a few turns in the bowl, to collect the crumbs. Pat it into a lightly greased 9-inch round cake pan. Brush the top with milk, and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

BAKING: Put the shortcake in the preheated 400F oven, and bake it along with the strawberries, for 30 minutes. When done, the shortcake will be golden brown, and should be completely baked in the center. (Poke a tiny hole into the center with a sharp knife; it should look moist, but not gooey.) Remove the shortcake from the oven, cool it for about 5 minutes, then carefully (it's fairly delicate) turn it out onto a rack to cool completely. Remove the strawberries from the oven, scrape them out of the pan into a dish, stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and allow them to cool.

FILLING: Gently whisk together the pudding mix, the milk or cream, and the vanilla. Use anything from skim milk to heavy cream; let your diet and taste buds be your guide. Clearly, the cream-based version will be richer and tastier than the skim milk version. Refrigerate the pudding until it's thickened.

ASSEMBLY: Using a long serrated knife, carefully slice the completely cooled shortcake in half around the equator to make two 9-inch rounds. Spoon the baked strawberries atop one of the rounds, then spread with the pudding. Top with the second layer, sugar-side up. Pipe or spoon whipped cream or whipped topping over the shortcake; garnish with fresh berries, whole if they're not very large, sliced if they are. Serve with additional sliced berries, if desired. Yield: 1 cake, 8 to 12 servings. Note: This cake is best served the same day it's assembled; wait about 30 minutes after putting it together before cutting, so the filling has a chance to soften the scone a bit.




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