Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tender Shortcakes (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Cathy of The Tortefeasor: Tender Shortcakes.  Who doesn't love strawberry shortcakes? Sweet, buttery biscuits topped with sugared strawberries and whipped cream? Yum.  It's the perfect treat to enjoy when strawberries are in season.

I took Dorie's suggestion on this one to spice up the shortcakes a bit so I added 1 teaspoon of ground ginger and about 3 tablespoons of diced candied ginger pieces.  While I enjoyed this variation and found that it definitely added another dimension of flavor to this dessert, I think I prefer the classic, unadulterated version.

I've made strawberry shortcakes from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book in the past, and while both recipes are quite similar, I think I slightly prefer Dorie's version over Melissa's.  Not so much for taste, but more for ease of execution.  With Melissa's recipe, you turn the dough out, pat it into a rectangle, then slice and bake. With Dorie's recipe, you simply scoop the dough out of the bowl and pat them into biscuits on your baking sheet.  Not a huge difference, but enough to make me more inclined to make Dorie's recipe from here on out.

Thanks Cathy, for hosting this week. If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed this classic, summery treat!

* Recipes notes:
- Just remember that "less is more" when making biscuits and don't over work your dough and you will end up with fluffy shortcakes.
- You may want to make 15 smaller biscuits instead of the 10 that Dorie recommends in this recipe, as I found them to be quite large. Perhaps scooping 1/4 cup for each biscuit instead of 1/3 cup?
- For tips from other TWD bakers, click here.


  1. These were definitely a perfect summer treat. I'm going to make some again today (I only made 1/4 recipe for TWD.)
    Your photos are great.

  2. I agree about Dorie's recipe Jaime - it's easier than the one we made for SMS and I thought it was more delicious too! Your strawberry shortcake is gorgeous, makes me wish I had some left to have for dessert today :)

  3. ginger? pff. where's the cinnamon?
    no, you did a marvelous job, jaime. let's save the cinnamon for apple shortcakes. :)

  4. You did a wonderful job with this challenge. I paged through your earlier posts and can see that you're a gal who rises to the occasion. I really enjoy your blog and will be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  5. I'm really liking this shortcake recipe too - super easy, and what a bang for your buck! Yours look just about perfect!

  6. Looks good! Definitely wish I had some more berries.

  7. Mmm, ginger bits! I like easy, no fuss recipes too - Dorie's recipe wins. Your shortcakes look lovely.

  8. Nicely done! Love the picture.

  9. Mmmm wow these shortcakes look amazinggg! The strawberries look so juicy as well.

  10. Yep Jaime, I love the simplicity too. Weren't these so delicious. I made just the old plain Jane shortcakes. Mainly because I knew I was going to share with folks whose taste buds might not be that sophisticated. At any rate, I loved them, did I already say that? he he Nicely done and pretty photos too.

  11. I'm just jumping back in to say hallo and thank you for your visit to my blog. I hope we'll see you often. Blessings...Mary