Thursday, April 29, 2010

Strawberries Day 2: Shortcake

I accomplished my goal.  We didn't lose a single precious strawberry.  I did end up freezing one of the six pints from our CSA, but I know we'll enjoy those in a few weeks blended in smoothies.

After looking through various gluten-free recipes for strawberry pies, crepes, cobblers, and cakes, I decided that I had to go with the traditional strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight.

Recipes for gluten-free shortcakes were not hard to find, but Elana Amsterdam's almond flour Classic Drop Biscuit recipe looked so simple.  And simplicity is important after a long day.  Plus, every recipe I've tried from her cookbook has been a hit.  Oh, and I do still have about 18 pounds of almond flour in my refrigerator.  So this was an easy decision.

Strawberry Shortcake

Classic Drop Biscuits
(from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook)

2 1/2 c blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c grapeseed oil
1/4 c agave nectar
1 large eggs
1 tsp lemon juice

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk together the wet ingredients and then stir them into the almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined.  Drop the batter in scant 1/4 cups 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

I sliced three pints of strawberries, lightly dusted them with sugar, and then I actually made my own whipped cream.  Yes, Cool Whip Girl has grown up.  The Kitchen Aid worked extremely hard whipping the heavy cream.  All I had to do was add a dash of vanilla and a few teaspoons of powdered sugar.

The biscuits were gorgeous.

I split the them in half, and after suffering from shock that the two pieces didn't crumble to bits, as many other gluten-free baked goods do, I layered the shortcake, strawberries, and whipped cream until my creation was almost too gorgeous to eat.


The Husband and the Housemate decided that they would split this serving.  But I had a sneaking suspicion that they would eventually decide to split a second one.

I was right.

I'm glad that I have plenty of ideas for our next delivery of strawberries from our CSA as we'll get six more pints in May!


  1. Oh my goodness, this looks SO good!!!

    I'm glad your "housemate" got to enjoy one. :) I'm sure it made his night (especially in the midst of a crazy paper-writing time!).

    I'm going to try every single one of these recipes once I'm stocked up with some gf flours... For now I just use the Pamela's mix because I'll be moving so soon I don't want to invest in the rest. :( But soon. And we'll have to plan some Nashville dinners once we're settled. :) You have to meet our kitty cats in person!

  2. Evil. Pure evil posting those pics. Looks sooooooooooo YUMMY!!!!!

    PS...I had a strawberry margarita the other night and thought of you! :o)

  3. Absolutely! I can't wait 'til you guys are here. Together here. You are going to love the almond flour recipes. The cookbook is on the microwave. Check it out when you come. Of course, I'm assuming I'll only see you for 10 minutes in a hallway! Ha1 Maybe longer, I hope!

  4. Yummmmmmy! Do you remember when we made Calvin his own "margarita" with a defrosted popsicle?