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A question about a recipe: The Easiest Strawberry Shortcakes

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I have a question about the recipe "The Easiest Strawberry Shortcakes" from Alice Medrich. One more: how much sugar should be put in the shortcake dough? It mentions sugar in the instructions but no specific amount.

asked by Sophie Wallerstedt over 2 years ago
5 answers 596 views
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ChefJune

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added over 2 years ago

That looks like a biscuit the shortcake is built on. I also build my shortcakes on biscuits, and I don't add any sugar. Not sure there is any need to add it.

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amysarah

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added over 2 years ago

I agree about adding a tablespoon or so - not enough to actually make the biscuits sweet, just sort of rounds them out. (James Beard's recipe is on this site too - for another good reference.) I also think it depends how sweet your berries are, or in this recipe, how sweet the puree - I usually macerate some of the berries in sugar, with a little lemon, same idea - it soaks in and flavors the biscuits too. Boulangere's sanding sugar on top (if available) is also a great touch - the slight crunch it adds is lovely.

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added over 2 years ago

The recipe does not call for mixing the sugar in with the dough. After you spoon the biscuit dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, just sprinkle some regular sugar or turbinado sugar crystals on top of the raw dough. Of course, if you prefer a sweeter flavor to the biscuit, then add the sugar to the dough mixture directly as Dessito suggested below. Enjoy!