Lavender Shortcakes with Strawberries and Cream

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The Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour in the shortcakes adds a subtle wheat flavor and gives them a feather-light texture that makes them so tender they practically melt in your mouth. The little bit of lavender in the dough gives them a different taste from your regular run-of-the-mill shortcakes – it makes them special in a way that you can’t put your finger on, but can’t stop tasting them to try and figure it out. If you don’t have lavender, a little bit of orange zest would be great in this recipe as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried lavender flowers, or grated orange zest
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • turbinado, sugar for sprinkling
  • 2 quarts strawberries, sliced, fresh
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Combine the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and lavender flowers in the bowl of a food processor.  Mix together by pulsing a few times.  Cut the butter into tablespoon-sized chunks and add to the flour mixture.  Pulse until the butter has become small pea-sized pieces and the mixture resembles a coarse meal.  While continuing to pulse, add the cream until the mixture has come together to form a soft dough.  Scoop eight portions of dough out onto a lined baking sheet and brush with cream.  Sprinkle the dough with turbinado sugar.  Bake in a 350˚F oven for 18-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove shortcakes from oven and allow to cool on a rack until ready to serve.

For the strawberries; combine sliced strawberries and brown sugar.  Mix and set aside to allow the berries to release their juices.  Place heaping spoonfuls inside sliced shortcakes.

For the whipped cream; beat whipping cream, brown sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.  Spoon over the top of sliced shortcakes and strawberries, if desired.



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