It¿s hard to top the divine trio of a tender biscuit, soft whipped cream and juicy strawberries, so our ideas keep those basic elements but add a little twist.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, combine flour, the 1/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, salt and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut or rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl, stir together egg, sour cream and milk. Add to flour mixture all at once, stirring with a fork just until moistened.

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  • Drop dough into eight mounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.

  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine 4 cups of the strawberries and the 3 tablespoons sugar. If desired, mash slightly with a fork or a potato masher. To serve, split shortcakes horizontally. Fill with the whipped cream and sweetened berries; top with remaining berries.

Double-Chocolate Shortcake

Prepare Shortcake as directed, except reduce flour 1 1/4 cups and add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. After cutting in butter, add 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces. Drizzle assembled shortcakes with chocolate-flavored syrup to serve.Nutrition analysis per serving: 425 calories, 6 g protein, 48 g carbohydrate, 25 g total fat (15 g sat. fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 28 g total sugar, 16% Vitamin A, 89% Vitamin C, 267 mg sodium, 10% calcium, 11% iron

Tropical Shortcake

Prepare Shortcake as directed, except stir 1/4 cup each chopped macadamia nuts and shredded coconut into flour mixture after cutting in butter. Use a combination of strawberries, mango and kiwi for fruit.Nutrition analysis per serving: 441 calories, 6 g protein, 48 g carbohydrate, 26 g total fat (15 g sat. fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 26 g total sugar, 24% Vitamin A, 108% Vitamin C, 286 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 190% iron

Honeyed Goat Cheese Shortcakes

Prepare Shortcake as directed. Prepare berries as directed, substituting honey for the sugar. Instead of Sweetened Whipped Cream, prepare Whipped Goat Cheese as follows: Beat 2 ounces soft goat cheese (chevre), 2 tablespoons whipping cream, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream to the mixture in the bowl. Whip until thickened. Assemble shortcakes. Drizzle assembled shortcakes with additional honey.Nutrition analysis per serving: 418 calories, 6 g protein, 47 g carbohydrate, 24 g total fat (15 g sat. fat), 95 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 27 g total sugar, 18% Vitamin A, 89% Vitamin C, 297 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 10% iron

Double-Strawberry Malted Shortcakes

Prepare Shortcake as directed, except add 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries to the flour mixture after cutting in butter. Prepare Sweetened Whipped Cream as directed, adding 2 tablespoons malted milk powder.Nutrition analysis per serving: 415 calories, 6 g protein, 48 g carbohydrate, 23 g total fat (14 g sat. fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 26 g total sugar, 17% Vitamin A, 89% Vitamin C, 287 mg sodium, 13% calcium, 10% iron

Nutrition Facts

376 calories; 22 g total fat; 91 mg cholesterol; 264 mg sodium. 41 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein;

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a chilled bowl combine whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).

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