Sunday, May 17, 2009

Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake


I love strawberries, I love rhubarb. I do not like the two together baked in a pie. I just simply do not like warm mushy strawberries.
When my neighbor asked me yesterday if I would like some rhubarb from their garden of course I immediately answered with a an enthusiastic "yes"! Don't I have the best neighbors!
I sliced the fresh strawberries and macerated them in sugar. In the meantime I sauteed the rhubarb in a small amount of butter until soft. I then added them to the macerated strawberry-sugar mixture and chilled the mixture. No more mushy strawberries!
Biscuits and cake are two baked goods I rarely make from scratch, but shortcake definitely needs a fluffy, light biscuit. Choose your favorite mix and make according to the directions on the package! :) Once the strawberry mixture has chilled and the biscuits have been baked, slice the biscuit in half and fill with the strawberry-rhubarb mixture. Top with fresh whipped cream and serve to your very grateful family or friends!
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake

1 lb. package fresh strawberries
1/2 c. sugar
5 stalks fresh rhubarb
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
your favorite biscuit mix
1 pint heavy cream
1 tsp. good vanilla extract
1/4 c. sugar
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Slice strawberries and combine with sugar in a mixing bowl. Set aside and let sugar melt into a syrup. This is called maceration. Slice and saute the rhubarb in 1 1/2 tbsp. of butter until soft, approximately 4-5 minutes. Cool and add the sauteed rhubarb to the strawberries. Mix to combine. Whip the heavy cream with a mixer slowly add the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
Slice the biscuits in half and fill with the strawberry-rhubarb mixture. Top with the whipped cream.

14 comments:

Chef E said...

Yes, I wish I had neighbors like that! That is a gorgeous looking plate of dessert...we ate this growing up, and I know it well, but rhubarb is a nice addition!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Great idea! No more mushy strawberries. I will remember this. Thanks!

~Laura

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful dessert,I love strawberries

Rachel said...

This looks like the perfect summer dessert idea!

Reeni♥ said...

A mile-high and so gorgeous!! I'm not a fan of smooshy strawberries, either, this is a great idea!

Kim said...

Amazing! Your recipes and photography knock my socks off!

Donna-FFW said...

Looks absolutely fantastic, nice thought to combine strawberries and rhubarb.

Lori said...

Beautiful! I love the strawberry rhubarb combo, but can't get past the simple pie. This is a great idea!

Sara said...

This looks amazing. My husband is a huge fan of rhubarb, we even have a few plants in the yard!

5 Star Foodie said...

This shortcake sounds wonderful! We are huge fans of the strawberry-rhubarb combination and would love to try this!

~Dana said...

Strawberry anything is my favorite! Good luck on your photography career! Let us know which school you choose!

Mindy said...

I'm the same way about strawberries! I'm okay with them if they've been cooked into a sauce or jam, but I could leave a pie. This look delicious!

Talita said...

Gorgeous! Great presentation! Looks so yummy!

Tangled Noodle said...

I love strawberry pie but only when it has fresh whole strawberries - not liquefied! I love how you've prepared the strawberry and rhubarb to maintain their shape and texture. I think I'll go out now and pull up some of my rhubarb . . .