Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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Special dessert from the USA which uses their version of shortcake (much like Irish scones).

ingredients

- 450g. Strawberries

- 4 tablespoons Sugar

- 450. plain Flour

- 3 tablespoons Sugar

- 1 tsp. Salt

- 3 tsps Baking Powder

- 225g. Butter

- 275 ml. Milk

- 250ml. Cream. Whipped stiff.

method

Take out 6 of the best looking strawberries and keep for decoration. Halve the remaining strawberries and sprinkle with the 4 tbs. sugar.

Whip the cream until thick.

Shortcake: Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together and put into a large bowl. Cut 150g. of the butter into small dice and rub into the dry ingredients. Mix the 275ml. of milk in to form a soft dough. Divide this mixture in two and roll out to 9" circles.

Place these one on top of the other on a baking tray which you have lined with non-stick paper. Set the oven to Gas 7, 220 C, 425 F .

Bake the short cake at this temperature for 20 minutes. Leave this cool on a wire rack and then cut apart through the middle.

Spread the inner sides with the remaining butter. Fill one half with the sweetened strawberry halves. Cover with the whipped cream and then cover with the remaining shortcake .

Decorate the top with the reserved strawberries.

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