I love strawberry shortcake, but I’m not a huge fan of the little sponge cakes that you buy from the store, so I have always made my shortcakes with a sweet scone instead of those cakes. We make scones on a pretty regular basis for tea time and lunch snacks, but they double really well as the base of a shortcake as well.
We were having friends over for dinner one night and I thought that soaking the strawberries in bourbon might make a nice change to the classic dessert and give it a sort of “grown up” feel, so we tried it. It was a unanimous hit! Everyone raved about the subtle hint of bourbon and noted how it complemented the sweetened whipped cream, too. It was a winner from day one and I’ve enjoyed making this recipe again and again.
First Things First
To start, we macerated the sliced strawberries with just a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a mere 1/8 of a cup of bourbon. Of course, you can leave this ingredient out and just add a tablespoon or more of extra sugar if you don’t wish to have the alcohol or are serving this to under age guests. Let the strawberries sit in the sugar/bourbon mixture on the counter at room temp while you mix and bake the shortcakes.
I got to use the amazing WonderMill WonderMix mixer for this post, so you’ll be seeing it do its thing in several of the pictures. I am testing this mixer out to see how it holds up to the huge workload of mixing, beating, and blending that I do in my kitchen. I thought I’d start out easy on it, just to be nice. I have to say that I have used it many, MANY times since making these shortcakes and I’m so impressed. It’s a workhorse! As much as I love my Bosch mixer, I’m finding that I’m grabbing this one out over and over again because it’s smaller and not quite so cumbersome for the everyday jobs in my kitchen.
Mixin’ It Up!
For the shortcakes, like I mentioned before, I like to use a sweet scone recipe. You mix it and then roll it out, being careful not to handle the dough too much just as if you wee making biscuits, and then cut them out. Before baking, brush with a little heavy cream and sprinkle the tops with sugar for a delicious crunchy top. Or, skip that step- either way they will be a wonderful base for your shortcake.
One Last Thing
While the scones are baking I like to whip the cream so it gets a chance to be nice and cold before you assemble the dessert. Simply whip 2 cups of heavy cream with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of bourbon (or vanilla can be used if you prefer). Whip the cream until it’s nice and stiff, but be sure not to whip it too much or you’ll end up with butter……although, you could then make strawberry bourbon butter and that might not be too shabby on a fresh, hot biscuit. Hmm…I’ll have to give that some thought 😉
I just have to give the WonderMix another little pat on the back right here. When I put the cream into the mixer and set the french whip attachments on there, it literally took less the 2 minutes on high to have perfectly whipped cream. I have to admit that I’ve been using it to make butter from our milk cow and WOW! it makes my butter making fly by in no time. Just another use for the WonderMix that I’ve found 🙂
Putting It Together
I’m sure everyone knows how to assemble a shortcake, but in case you don’t here’s how I do it:
- Cut a cooled scone in half. Place the bottom half into/onto your serving dish.
- Place a generous scoop of sweetened whipped cream onto the scone bottom.
- Cover the whipped cream with some of the sliced strawberries and a little drizzle of that wonderful pink strawberry/sugar/bourbon juice.
- Top with the other half of your scone.
- Serve. Eat. Repeat.
I opted to serve my shortcakes in martini glasses and I thought they turned out super cute. I think you could also use a small mason jar for taking on a picnic or for serving at a bbq, too. One of my most favorite things is taking an old classic, well loved recipe and just changing one small thing to make it a little different. It can be so fun and then it sort of makes the recipe your own version…..and that is the best part about cooking or baking.
I seriously LOVED using the WonderMix to create this special dessert for my family and friends and I cannot wait to put it through its paces for more recipes soon. I was given a WonderMix to use and keep in exchange for my honest opinion, but all of the thoughts and opinions are my own and completely honest!