It’s strawberry season in Maine.
Finn and I have been strawberry picking for the past five years together. We started in 2012 when Finn was two.
It’s now something look forward to every July…and this year was no exception. The past three years we’ve been visiting a farm in Whitefield Maine – Sheepscot General – it’s the only organic u-pick strawberry field in Maine – and they are worth the drive.
We ate pints of fresh strawberries for days, gave a few pints away, froze a few pounds and then I got into making stuff with all those scrumptious strawberries… strawberry sorbet (twice), infused some vodka and tequila (so tasty and dangerous), tried my hand at a GF/DF shortcake for strawberry shortcake (see recipe below), and finally a strawberry/blueberry cobbler.
Sadly though, we are now out of freshly picked strawberries…
But, on the plus side, we’ve eaten our way through almost 14 pounds of amazing strawberries and are already looking forward to next years strawberry season…
One can never eat too many strawberries, right?
So here’s the recipe for dairy free/gluten free shortcake (adapted from the Minimalist Baker). It’s amazing and well worth the time.
Here’s how to make coconut buttermilk;
3/4 coconut full-fat coconut milk (stirred/shaken – no clumps)
1 Tbls. lemon juice
Stir to combine.
1 cup gluten free flour
1 scant cup almond flour
2 Tbsp non-GMO cornstarch
3 Tbsp. organic can sugar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease baking sheet.
Combine GF flour, almond flour, cornstarch, cane sugar, sea salt, baking powder and whisk to combine. Add the coconut oil and use a whisk, fork or pastry cutter to ‘cut’ into the flour, until small bits remain…just like you would with wheat flour…
Add almost the entire batch of coconut buttermilk to the dry mix and stir with spoon to combine…you may need to add a bit more, you may not…you’re trying for a semi-sticky dough…try not to overwork it…
Transfer the dough onto a well floured (gluten free of course) surface – I used a cookie sheet…
Form the batch into a round disk, about 1″ thick – mine was more oblong than disk-like, but it’s more about thickness anyway…
Then flour the opening of a small drinking glass, circular cookie cutter or biscuit maker and push into dough, making small circular disks.
Place on a greased cookie sheet – side by side. Touching. No space between – not squished, just touching…
Then – brush the biscuits with either coconut milk or melted coconut oil. Coconut milk will keep the shortcake more moist, while the oil will make the tops more crispy…we tried both and liked both for their differing characteristics…
If more texture/sweetness is wanted, sprinkle raw cane sugar on top of each before baking.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven – or until the tops are beginning to brown and become crispy. Then turn up the heat to 450 F and bake another 3-6 minutes – CAREFUL – don’t burn them – that would be a bummer…
Now, while that amazing shortcake is baking – wash, hull and slice 1 lb. of (preferably, organic) strawberries.
Top them with a pinch of cane sugar.
O.M.G. – freshly picked strawberries, sliced with a pinch of sugar added…so delicious!
O.K., now let them sit until time to serve…
Once the shortcake has undergone its transformation, remove from oven and let rest about five minutes or so. Then separate each biscuit from the other and let cool…
Best served at room temp…
Now, when the time comes to serve these beauties up – slice each biscuit in half, pile on strawberries and a bit of ‘juice’, then top if off with the top!
So. Good. As is.
No. Cream. Needed.
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