Double Strawberry and Rose Shortcakes #Driscoll’s #StrawShort

Double Strawberry Rose Shortcakes  #Driscolls #DorieGreenspanDouble Strawberry Rose Shortcakes | #Driscolls #DorieGreenspan
Dorie Greenspan’s Strawberry Shortcake

Last month, I was thrilled to spend an hour with baker extraordinaire and cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan, in a Google+ hangout. In preparation for National Strawberry Shortcake Day on June 14th, Dorie gave us tips on making the perfect summer dessert: Double Strawberry and Rose Shortcakes. Partnering with my favorite Driscoll’s berries, she added a few twists to this classic recipe:

  • Pairing rose extract with berries to enhance the flavor of the strawberries. Did you know that roses and strawberries are closely related??
  • Using a strawberry sauce and fresh berries for more textural interest
  • Using buttermilk vs. cream in the shortcake biscuits for a lighter base
  • Adding a bit of sour cream to the whipping cream for a more luscious mouth feel and a slight tang, similar to creme fraiche
  • Adding lemon zest to the shortcakes for a surprising boost of flavor

And provided some basic tips for anyone making strawberry shortcakes:

  • Rub the zest into the sugar to release the lemon oils
  • Use your hands to mix the biscuit dough
  • Use cold ingredients to make your biscuits extra flaky
  • Check the expiration on your baking powder to make sure your biscuits rise

    Double Strawberry Rose Shortcakes | #Driscolls #DorieGreenspan

The Verdict

I make strawberry shortcakes numerous times each summer…they are definitely a family favorite. I was concerned that Bill, the picky guy that he is, would zero right in on the rose extract in the strawberry compote and the whipped cream. I decreased the amounts in both from 3/4 teaspoon to a half teaspoon hoping to tone down the floral fragrance. Well, what do you know, he didn’t say a word. In fact, he even ate a couple for breakfast…rationalizing that it’s fruit, dairy and a biscuit. All legitimate breakfast foods. Who can argue with logic like that?

Sugared rose petals were to be one of the lovely garnishes for this dessert. But we hit an August like stretch of weather in May when I made these. Hot and horribly humid.  I brushed a few petals with egg whites and dusted them with sugar. Lighter colored petals would have worked better…as a few places never got dry and my uneven sugaring was quite obvious. I swapped them out for plain ol’ petals…which looked quite nice. These shortcakes had 5 components: the lovely lemon biscuits, a cooked rose flavored strawberry compote, vanilla and rose flavored whipped cream with a touch of sour cream, sliced berries and candied rose petals. An elegant dessert perfect for any occasion…or if you’re my hubby, any meal.

The Recipe

Double-Strawberry and Rose Shortcake #Driscoll’s
Ingredients
Recipe used with permission from Dorie Greenspan and Driscoll's
Rose Petal Decoration
  • 3 unsprayed roses
  • 1 to 2 very fresh organic egg whites
  • granulated sugar
  • OR
  • store bought candied rose petals
Strawberry Compote
  • ¾ pound (about 3 cups) Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon pure rose extract
Lemon-Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar (plus more for sprinklilng)
  • freshly grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup cold buttermilk
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup very cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon pure rose extract
  • 1 tablespoon cold sour cream (optional)
  • red or pink food coloring
Topping
  • ½ to ¾ lb. (about 2 to 3 cups) Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled
Instructions
  1. Several hours ahead or the day before, separate the rose petals, rinse them quickly in cold water and pat them dry. Put one egg white in a small bowl and whisk until it's foamy. (You may or may not need the second white.) Put the sugar in another small bowl and place a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on the counter. One at a time, dip a petal into the white and let the excess drip back into the bowl. Drag the petal through the sugar to coat both sides very lightly. Dry the petals on the paper or mat in a cool, non-humid place for at least 6 hours or for as long as overnight.
Strawberry Compote
  1. Coarsely chop the berries and toss them into a small saucepan with the sugar. Put the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the juices are slightly thickened and syrupy. Scrape the berries and syrup into a bowl, stir in the rose extract and cool to room temperature. (You can make the compote up to 3 days ahead and keep it covered in the refrigerator.)
  2. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Lemon-buttermilk biscuits
  1. Put the sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl and, working with your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the bowl and whisk to combine. Drop in the pieces of cold butter and, again using your fingertips, crush, rub and blend the butter in. You'll have flakes of butter and small pieces and this is just right. Pour the cold buttermilk over the mixture, switch to a fork and toss and stir everything together until the milk is absorbed - your dough might look like curds, but that's fine. Don't stir too much, too vigorously or for too long and if there are a few dry spots in the bottom of the bowl, ignore them. Reach into the bowl and knead the dough gently, folding it over on itself and turning it over 6 to 8 times.
  2. Dust a work surface lightly with flour, turn out the dough and, still using your hands, pat the dough out until it is ½ inch thick. (The thickness is what's important here.) Using a high-sided 2 inch cutter, cut out biscuits and place them on the baking sheet. Pat the scraps together until they're ½ inch thick and cut out as many more biscuits as you can. (The leftover dough can be cut into biscuits, but they won't rise as high or as evenly as the others - you can keep them as your baker's treat).
  3. Bake for 15 to18 minutes, or until the biscuits have risen gloriously and their tops and bottoms are golden brown. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and allow the biscuits to cool until they reach room temperature. (The biscuits can be made up to 6 hours ahead; keep them uncovered at room temperature.)
Whipped Cream
  1. Working with an electric mixer, beat the cream just until it mounds softly. Still beating, add the sugar, followed by the vanilla and rose extracts. When the cream is fully whipped and holds firm peaks, quickly beat in the sour cream, if you're using it. To tint the cream, beat in just one drop of coloring; continuing adding coloring a tiny drop at a time until you get the shade of pink you want. (The whipped cream can be made up to 3 hours ahead and kept tightly covered in the refrigerator; whisk a couple of times before using.)
  2. Just before you're ready to put the shortcakes together, stand the berries up and, using a thin-bladed knife, cut each berry into 4 or 5 thin slices.
  3. If you'd like to pipe the whipped cream, either spoon the cream into a pastry bag fitted with an open star or plain tip, or spoon the cream into a zipper-lock plastic bag and snip off a corner. Alternatively, you can simply spoon on the cream.
  4. Slice off the top of the biscuit to create an even surface for piping the cream. Save the tops to nibble on later. Put a teaspoonful of strawberry compote and syrup in the center of each biscuit. Pipe (or spoon) a circle of whipped cream around the compote, leaving a bit of compote uncovered. Finish each shortcake by pressing two or three slices of strawberry together, fanning them out a little and placing them, broad side down, in the center of each cake. Add a rose petal for the finishing touch. (If you have any extra compote and/or cream, cover and keep in the refrigerator to enjoy at another time.)
  5. Arrange the shortcakes on a platter. Scatter the remaining rose petals around the platter and serve immediately
Yield: 12 servings

Dorie’s recipe can be found on the Driscoll’s website. My berries were at the peak of ripeness, juicy and ultra sweet. Heavenly. Grab some Driscoll’s strawberries and treat your family to this awesome dessert.

Disclosure: Driscoll’s supplied me with coupons for berries. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Driscoll’s.

Comments

  1. These look so beautiful Lizzy!
    I love them:)

  2. So interesting that roses and strawberries are kissing cousins1 No wonder I’m such a fan of both.
    And with or without the candied petals, your shortcake looks and sounds sublime!

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I’m with Bill, I just had half of a peanut butter cupcake for breakfast… it is protein after all:@) Love all the flavors in your shortcakes Liz, especially the zest in the biscuit:@)

  4. Such great dessert and with rose petals.. sounds really special :)

  5. Isn’t this recipe fabulous? I opted out of the rose though since I’m not a fan of it and I’ve never had biscuits rise so high!

  6. These look amazing Liz! I love the rose water and addition of the sour cream to the whip cream! Delicious!

  7. Yum! I always just make strawberry shortcake with a store-bought Angel Food cake. You just reminded me that I have a big thing of sweetened strawberries and whipped cream in the fridge, though, begging to be made into something! I may have to give this one a try.

  8. I absolutely love adding rose extract to pastries! Especially raspberry ones. Curious about the rose petals–where did you get them? Usually the ones at florists/grocery stores aren’t safe to eat because they’re sprayed with pesticides that aren’t meant for later consumption (unlike edible flowers).

    • I asked Dorie where to buy them and she suggested asking at the florist’s shop for pesticide free petals. I knew we weren’t going to eat them, so I didn’t worry and just used them as garnish. This is when I wish I had roses in my yard!

  9. Liz, strawberry shortcakes are my all time favorite summer dessert. I love your recipe.

  10. Love the combination of rose and strawberry in these, they look wonderful :)

  11. what lovely shortcakes!

  12. These look so perfectly delicate, plus using strawberry and rose makes this whole dish radiate elegance. What a treat!

  13. Rosewater? Rose extract? Same thing? I bet these were ahmazing!

  14. How fun to hang out with Dorie, even virtually! Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite dessert – when I was a kid that’s what I always asked for on my birthday! I love all your additions so will have to try this version!

  15. Nice plating. It’s quite interesting to use roses in this dessert, too. Thanks for the tips!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  16. Interesting! I had no idea roses and strawberries were related! I really love the idea of pairing them together. These strawberry shortcakes are beautiful!

  17. I didn’t know that about roses and strawberries. Strawberries give me migraines, but raspberries and blueberries don’t.

  18. Such beautiful shortcakes, especially with your picture perfect strawberries!

  19. I love how fluffy the biscuits look. Your addition of rose sounds lovely! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  20. Liz these look like the perfect summer treat, I love them and I really like the fact you had to hide a few of the ingredients from your hubby!!! I have to do the same I made something the other day with lavender if I had told him he would never have tried it, I kept quiet and he devoured it! Just goes to show sometimes it’s best not to mention anything and allow them to discover it for themselves :D

  21. I love strawberry shortcakes and yours look gorgeous! I love the sound of the rose extract and that’s wonderful that Bill couldn’t detect it. These sound perfect for summer :)

  22. My biscuits hardly ever rise that beautifully, Liz. I need to give your recipe a try! Gorgeous strawberry shortcakes!

  23. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite summer recipes! Yours looks drool-worthy, Lizzy!

  24. I’ve never used rose anything in my cooking or baking. I am imagining that the strawberries and rose flavor came together in perfect harmony!! I need to hunt down some rose extract and try this one. Thank you for sharing this!!!

  25. That looks fantastic. I love the idea of strawberry and rose. I’ve also combined zest and sugar before. I think it’s worth the extra step.

  26. What a beautiful version of Dorie’s recipe!

  27. Now that’s what I call a perfect looking strawberry shortcake. :)

  28. The hangout was so much fun and the dessert was such a winner ,too. I think it’s my new favourite strawberry shortcake. Yours look perfect!

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