I few weeks ago I was offered a chance to work with Driscoll to create a strawberry shortcake recipe and promote the pure lusciousness of the strawberry. I was all for it except for one thing — I really love old fashioned strawberry shortcake at it’s most simple. Biscuits, strawberries, a little sugar, and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream are all you need for the shortcake that I grew up on. It is my favorite and I just couldn’t see how to improve upon it.
So I put it off, I searched the Internet, and I really was in one of those frustrating mind funks where your tthoughts go around and around and around. I was sitting at my desk sipping a strawberry daiquiri when it hit me.
Classic shortcake with a twist. A daiquiri twist. Strawberry daiquiri shortcake? Why not?
I am a strawberry snob. My aunt grew strawberries and I learned pretty early on in life that there was nothing better than summer ripe berries still warm from the sun. In our family strawberries were eaten by the flat while they were in season — it wasn’t unusual to have strawberry shortcake for dinner a a couple of times a week. I don’t mean for dessert, mind you. I mean for dinner with nothing else on the table but a pile of biscuits, a vat of berries and a half gallon of vanilla ice cream.
Some of my favorite memories. You can see why I was sort of hesitant to try to improve on something that was already amazing, right?
I won’t say this strawberry daiquiri shortcake is an improvement. It isn’t a dessert that you are going to take to the church potluck or family reunion. Making this requires that you hold some of the strawberries out for the kids.
Let the berries marinate for at least 30 minutes. Some of the raw alcohol flavor evaporates while it is marinating and the flavors meld.
The biscuits are just a little different from most other biscuits you’ve had. There are two secrets to their tenderness — cake flour and a generous amount of unsalted butter that has been frozen and then grated into the dry ingredients. Don’t do more than grate the butter and stir it in or they won’t be as light and flaky.
Listen, there are plenty of strawberries available right now and they are at their best. Treat your family to them as often as you can and hey, once in awhile? Have nothing but gobs of strawberry shortcake for dinner. . . and nothing else. Those kind of memories are forever.
Just remember that this recipe is for adults only. Strawberry daiquiri shortcake is definitely a unique twist on my favorite classic.
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Disclosure: Driscolls provided coupons to provide the strawberries for this dish.