A Classic Full of Sweet Memories
Strawberry shortcake has always been a favorite dessert of mine since I was a kid. I think I requested for my birthday cake most of the time. My mom would make a big flaky shortcake or vanilla sponge and layer it with fresh sweet strawberries and whipped cream. Is there anything better than in-season ripe juicy sweet strawberries and vanilla scented cream? No. No there is not. If you answered yes we need to have words. OK not really (I’m way to passive to actually do that) but I think this recipe will change your mind.
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Not Your Basic Strawberry Shortcake
The idea to use semolina flour in my vegan shortcake recipe, which is a riff off my coconut cream biscuit recipe, came after making some semolina sourdough loaves and then semolina pancakes. Semolina is milled from durum wheat, which is an Italian variety of wheat that is coarser than all-purpose flour and is a pale yellow color, most often used to make pastas. But it also does something magical in baked goods: every time I use it in something the crumb comes out so tender. It’s actually really perfect in shortcake, which can tend to dry out really easily. You need to go make those semolina pancakes saved in my instagram stories btw. SO GOOD.
Eat The Flowers
Since lilacs are in full bloom right now I just had to add some to the dough and sprinkle them all over the assembled shortcakes because flowers make everything better, amiright??!! You can leave the lilacs out or switch them up with other edible flowers too. I also broke out the violet sugar from the last post to sprinkle on top of the shortcakes: best decision ever. It’s like little violet sprinkles.
The strawberries are sweetened with maple syrup and macerated in their own juices to be soaked up by the flaky shortcake. Will definitely be doing this with other berries and stone fruits this summer. Let’s keep the shortcake train rolling!!!
Would love to see your take on this and any of my recipes! Please tag me @fareisle in the photo and use #fareisle in the caption so I can see your creations. I’ll repost them on my instagram stories!
Prop Love: Biscuit cutter and pinch bowl by Facture Goods. Naturally dyed kitchen towel and apron by Nade Studio.