Ginger Strawberry Shortcakes

Easy Food Recipes and Cooking - Ginger Strawberry Shortcakes

Ginger Strawberry Shortcakes

Serves 6
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
Pinch of salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
¼ cup finely chopped candied ginger
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon demerara or raw sugar

1 quart strawberries, hulled
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
½ cup cold sour cream
½ cup cold heavy cream

Make the biscuits: Beat the cream cheese, butter, granulated sugar, grated ginger and salt in a large bowl  with a mixer on mediumhigh speed until light and fluffy; reduce the speed to low and beat in the flour and  candied ginger until just incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap; press into a 1-inch- thick disk, tightly wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour or overnight.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle, about ½ inch thick. Use a 2½-inch biscuit  cutter to cut out rounds; arrange about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Reroll the scraps and cut out more  biscuits (you should have 12). Brush the tops lightly with the heavy cream and sprinkle with the demerara  sugar. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350˚. Bake the biscuits until slightly  puffed and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the toppings: Puree half of the strawberries in a blender with ¼ cup granulated sugar and  the grated ginger until smooth; transfer to a bowl. Dice the remaining strawberries; add to the pureed berries  and toss. Beat the sour cream, heavy cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a separate  bowl with a mixer on mediumhigh speed until soft peaks form. 5. Serve each person 2 biscuits with the whipped cream and strawberry mixture.