I think strawberry shortcake might be the quintessential summer dessert. Is there anything better for savouring the longer days and warmer evenings than dining al fresco and topping off the evening with a bit of nature’s candy nestled in a cloud of whipped cream on a flaky buttermilk biscuit? I think not.
Last week I celebrated strawberries in a summer shandy to get you through the long weekend. No doubt you spent part of the Victoria Day Long Weekend preparing your outdoor space for the summer season – whether that’s a postage-stamp-sized condo balcony or an expansive backyard complete with pool and pizza oven. With a truly summer-like forecast on deck for this week, take advantage of your hard work by taking dinner on the patio one night this week.
Although this recipe might seem daunting, with three distinct components, don’t be deterred; it’s foolproof. Hopefully you’ve been studiously following the Taste & Tipple recipes and did, in fact, make that Peppered Strawberry Shandy over the weekend and have some of that delectable Black Pepper Balsamic Syrup languishing in your fridge, waiting for its next mission.
If not, no worries. Just make sure you leave enough time to allow the syrup to infuse for an hour before straining off the black pepper.
The buttermilk biscuits are incredibly simple and have a wider range of applications, after you’ve eaten your weight in dessert, than traditional shortcake (no shade). Maybe you have a hankering for a little Southern soul food – you’re halfway to biscuits and gravy. Throw in some fried chicken and I’m there, with bells on.
You want the biscuit dough to be JUST tacky enough that it holds it shape and doesn’t fall apart into crumbs when you roll it out. Pour in the buttermilk slowly when adding to the flour mixture and give it a rough mix after you’ve added a cup, add more as needed.
The texture of the whipped mascarpone with a drizzle of honey is a perfect compliment to the flaky biscuits and sweet strawberries. I could see myself eating this off just about anything. In fact, I ate a good portion of this mascarpone off my finger while “cleaning” the bowl of my stand mixer…by hand.
I hope you’ll have an opportunity to treat yourself to this perfect summertime confection ASAP. Don’t forget to add a comment if you try this recipe or tag your photos #tasteandtipple on Instagram and Twitter!
The quintessential summer dessert gets as serious upgrade. This Black Pepper Strawberry Shortcake will boggle minds at your next strawberry social. Buttermilk biscuits in place of traditional shortcake and black pepper balsamic syrup adds an unexpected zip.