Wicklow Strawberry Shortcake
Juicy sweet strawberries and thick cream on tender shortcake: from the Garden County, the taste of summer in Ireland

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Wicklow Strawberry Shortcake

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Ingredients

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The fruit filling
3 - 4 cups Strawberries 500g
3 tablespoons Granulated sugar
For the shortcake
2.25 cups All-purpose flour 300g
2 teaspoons Baking powder Rounded
0.5 teaspoon Baking soda / bicarbonate of soda Rounded
2 tablespoons Granulated sugar
2 to 2.25 cups Double cream 500-575ml
For the whipped cream
2 cups Double cream 500ml
4 tablespoons Granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

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Find your locale's best strawberries for this signature Irish dessert

  • 1 hr 45 mins mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • The fruit filling

  • For the shortcake

  • For the whipped cream

Directions

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The centuries-old Irish passion for strawberries in season has turned this into one of the country’s favorite desserts. The shortcake is the real deal — not some nondescript sponge cake, but a scaled-up cream scone that’s rich and tender, perfect for soaking up the sweet juice of the strawberries and supporting the luscious cream.

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Steps

1
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Hull and halve the strawberries (or quarter them if they're large). Toss them with 3 tablespoons of sugar and refrigerate for at least half an hour to allow their juices to "draw" and create a syrup with the sugar.

2
Done

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F.

3
Done

Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda, the salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl. Add the double cream and mix until just combined. Add more cream if necessary -- you want a stiff dough but not one so dry that it refuses to come together.

Place the mixture in an ungreased, deep 8-inch cake pan (a springform will work too) and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.

4
Done

Carefully remove the shortcake from the pan and place on a rack to cool.

Cut into 6 pieces. Split each one horizontally.

5
Done

Now make the whipped cream. Using the whisk attachment on a stick mixer, the whisk on a stand mixer, or an electric beater, beat the cream, sugar and vanilla together in a medium bowl until soft peaks form -- about 2 minutes. Set aside.

6
Done

Place the bottom half of each shortcake slice on a serving plate. Spoon strawberries and their juice onto each slice. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream, then gently put the top slice in place. Spoon more strawberries on top, add more cream, and finish with a final strawberry as garnish. Serve.

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