Strawberries with Buttermilk Biscuits and whipped cream
We are starting to see strawberries at the local farm stand. Late and a little watery but at least they have arrived. I made buttermilk biscuits and macerated some strawberries in sugar with a little whipped cream over the top for dessert this past weekend. The biscuits are super easy to make. I could do a better job next time of shaping them perfectly square or into round pieces. Note to self.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes
3/4 cup well shaken buttermilk
1 tbsp. cream for brushing the biscuits
Preheat the oven to 425.
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, sat and baking soda into a bowl and whisk. I use that instead of a sifter. Just easier. Blend in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Then add buttermilk and stir with a fork until the dough forms.
On a piece of parchment paper put the dough. Knead the dough and then create an 8 by 5 1/2 inch rectangle. Then cut the rectangle crosswise and split in two. Then cut the rest into six even pieces. This is when you have the ability to make them all look the same.
Put this on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush some cream and sprinkle some sugar over the top of each biscuit. Bake for about 10/12 minutes. They should be a pale golden brown. Cool to room temperature.
On each plate put a biscuit, pour strawberries over the top (I let them hang out with a little sugar for about two hours at room temperature) then a dollop of whipped cream on top and a sprig of mint. Serve.