Friday, July 11, 2014

Strawberry Key Lime Shortcakes

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A couple weeks ago, Joel and I hit the fields. The strawberry fields! It's been an annual place we go the past several years and a great way to help Joel appreciate agriculture. This year we left with several pounds and I've been having fun finding ways to use them up. Most recently, I made these Strawberry Key Lime Shortcakes for a post July 4th dinner we hosted. They were delicious and with plump sweet strawberries layered between fluffy clouds of fresh whipped cream and key lime kissed biscuits, how could they not be?!


Each year I have this list of recipe ideas for ways to use my stash of berries. However every year I end up making 1 or 2 recipes because we end up eating the berries as is! This year, I'm glad I had the chance to make this because it was so easy. All you really need are biscuits, berries and whipped cream... anything else is just a variation. In this case, lime juice and zest were incorporated in the biscuit dough. I didn't make GF biscuits for our dinner party, but I plan on trying the GF biscuit recipe from this book soon, now that I picked up some psyllium husk powder the recipe calls for. If you're pressed for time (like many of us are, especially during the summer), canned or store bought biscuits work in a pinch... and you can mix in some key lime concentrate and lime zest into the whipped cream for more lime flavor. Sadly, we've already eaten and/or used up our strawberry stash and I'm already thinking about what I'll be doing with next year's berries...


Strawberry Key Lime Shortcakes
biscuit recipe adapted from Cooking Light


  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 5 tablespoons chilled Plugra unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • zest and juice of 1 Persian lime or 4-5 key limes
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • more lime zest for garnish, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries and sugar, tossing to coat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Chill 10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together heavy cream, honey, lime zest and lime juice until well blended. Add mixture to flour mixture; stirring until just combined.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times. Roll dough into a (1/2-inch-thick) 9 x 5–inch rectangle; dust top of dough with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds (as if folding a piece of paper to fit into an envelope). Re-roll dough into a (1/2-inch-thick) 9 x 5–inch rectangle; dust top of dough with flour. 
  6. Fold dough crosswise into thirds; gently roll or pat to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 1 3/4-inch biscuit cutter to form 14 dough rounds. Place dough rounds, 1 inch apart, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  7. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan and cool 2 minutes on wire racks. 
  8. To assemble the shortcakes, split each biscuit in half cross-wise. Place bottom half on a serving dish. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, followed by a spoonful of strawberries. Place other biscuit half on top, followed by another dollop of whipped cream and another spoonful of strawberries. Repeat with the other remaining biscuits.
  9. Just before serving, garnish with more fresh lime zest, if desired.

I also wanted to share a new toy in the kitchen that helped us groove as we made these Strawberry Key Lime Shortcakes! This DKnight Magicbox Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, is a must in our kitchen because it definitely sets a fun atmosphere in the kitchen whether we're cooking, baking, entertaining or just having dinner together as a family. I wanted a dedicated stereo or radio in the kitchen for awhile now but after receiving the DKnight Magicbox, there really was no need for a radio/stereo because I could use this speaker throughout the house. 
This was a great product and I can't imagine not having one at home. It was easy to start using immediately from the box and the sound quality is fantastic. Sound is heard all around - not just from one side - so it can be heard from all angles regardless of where it's placed. I've used it both connected to my laptop for virtual meetings and also through my mobile phone in conjunction with a music app (my favorite is Songza!). The quality is excellent in both applications and the volume adjustment is great too with a large range. I have not taken a call through the speaker but I anticipate it would handle just as well. The best feature is being able to move the speaker to follow you so you're never too far from great music. I use it daily and when I entertain, it's fantastic to bring outdoors on the deck and then back inside when weather is cooler, all without the hassle of dealing with cords. I love this product and will definitely be purchasing more for the holidays to give to friends and family!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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