I have a question about step 2 on the recipe "James Beard's Strawberry Shortcakes" from Genius Recipes. It says:
"Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and gently knead to make a smooth dough (about two or three turns). Pat down the dough to make a 1-inch-thick round. Using a lightly floured 2 1/2-inch-round cookie cutter, cut out 6 shortcakes. Brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle with the reserved tablespoon of sugar. Place the shortcakes on a plate lined with waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour." Why is it suggested that the cut shortcakes be chilled before baking? I made these this evening but overlooked that instruction. They turned out great. I'm really curious about this. Thanks, everyone. ;o)
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