Ever wake up with just one thing on your mind?
It was like that with me one morning.
I had an urge for fresh coffee and a pastry of some sort. I didn’t feel like going to the store so I looked at Joy of Cooking and saw a recipe for Cream Biscuits. I had just purchased a large container of strawberries and while I was eyeballing them in the open fridge — a thought popped into my mind. What if I combined them?
Here’s the original recipe from Joy of Cooking:
Cream Biscuits or Shortcakes
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cup of heavy cream
Mix/knead/shape into biscuits.
Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes
What did I do to change it up?
I followed the basic recipe but I added a teaspoon of vanilla. (Actually, vanilla bean paste. It is thick and smells awesome and leaves little vanilla bean speckles in whatever you make. The taste is simply divine!) Then, about 1/3 cup white sugar to the mix. I splashed in a little extra cream while mixing the dough so that I could work more easily to shape the biscuits. I cut them in half, horizontally and snuck in a layer of sugared strawberries. I painted the top of the biscuits with a little egg white and sprinkled on a tiny bit of sugar. Finally, I baked them!
The family woke up just as I was pulling them out of the oven. Devoured them in 10 minutes, flat — each and every one. I’d say they were a hit. 🙂