Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits with Chef Andrew Boyle and His Daughter, Olivia
STRAWBERRIES + WHIPPED CREAM
4 cups quartered strawberries
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (75g) granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (180g) unsalted butter
1 cup (240ml) cold buttermilk
2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream
Turbinado cane sugar, for sprinkling
Start with the strawberries: Stir the strawberries and 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar together in a large bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator until ready to use. This time allows the strawberries to release their delicious juices.
Make the biscuits: Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Mix the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl or in a large food processor. Whisk or pulse until combined. Add the cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or by pulsing several times in the processor. Pulse until coarse crumbs form. If you used a food processor, pour the mixture into a large bowl.
Pour buttermilk on top. Stir everything together until just about combined– do not overwork the dough. The dough will look like shreds and be very crumbly. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gently mold it together in a ball using your hands. Gently flatten until it is evenly 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 3-inch circles. Re-roll any scraps until you have about 12 biscuits. (I didn’t re-roll my scraps– that’s why you only see 9!)
Arrange in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or close together on a lined baking sheet. (Make sure they’re touching– see photo above.)
Brush the tops with 2 Tablespoons heavy cream (or buttermilk) and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before assembling.
Make the whipped cream: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, and strawberry extract on medium-high speed until soft-medium peaks form, about 3 minutes.
Slice the biscuits in half and layer with strawberries and whipped cream. Serve immediately.