Tuesdays with Dorie: Tender Shortcakes

This week’s Tuesday’s with Dorie recipe was hosted by Cathy of the Tortfeasor.  She chose Tender Shortcakes (hence the title 0f this post).

I have to admit that this week I had a bit of trouble getting to do this recipe.  We are not big biscuit people and we are also trying to lose weight for my brother’s wedding in August.  Rocker Dude has a suit he has to fit in to and I have a dress to make.  So we are really cutting back on the baked goods in the house, and any leftovers have to go to work with me or otherwise out of the house.  But then I said to myself, I need to get back on the horse and keep up with my Dorie recipes.  After reading everyone else’s comments on the blog I realized that I didn’t want to make the whole recipe (15 shortcakes is way too much).  Conveniently I had exactly 1 cup of flour – I could quarter the recipe.

The Little Rocker mixes the dough.

Rocker Dude threw out his back yesterday while playing with the Little Rocker.  Unfortunately for him he couldn’t afford to lay in bed all day because his final test lesson is today and he had to give a class and get graded on it.  On top of that he had a presentation to give in his educational psychology class.  So he is loaded up on ibuprofen and Bengay and we hope for the best.  Either way he was trying to concentrate on his work while laying on the couch – perfect target for the approaching Little Rocker.  She loves “playing” on his computer and is quite adept at pressing all sorts of buttons and shutting it down at inopportune moments.

The dough starts to come together.

I decided to take pity on him and get the little girl out of his hair.  I brought her into the kitchen and we made these shortcakes together.  I gave her a pastry cutter and then she helped me mix everything together and we made three big shortcakes – one for each of us.

Shortcakes ready to be baked.

When they came out of the oven, they smelled heavenly.  They were crispy on the outside and tender flaky on the inside.  I didn’t have berries because of their exorbitant price (think about $5.50 for 1/2 cup of blueberries or raspberries) so I just smeared one with strawberry jelly and one with butter.  They were delicious and everyone enjoyed them.  (I saved the last one for lunch today to eat with soup- mmmmmm).

Tender and flaky shortcake
The Little Rocker enjoys her shortcake.

See what other TWD bakers did here, and see the recipe here on Cathy’s blog.

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Tuesdays with Dorie: Sweet Cream Biscuits

I don’t often make biscuits, I’m not the type of person who wakes up at 6:00 am and jumps out of bed ready to bake.  I do wake up at 6:00 am, but let’s just say that it takes a bit longer for my baking spirit to wake up.  This wee, though, I decided to make a concerted effort to make the biscuits that were chosen by Melissa of Love at First Bite (what an awesome name!).  I decided to make them on Friday morning because that is my day off (in Israel, Sunday is a regular work day and most people have Friday off instead – Saturday is still vacation) and I have a bit of time in the morning after I get the Little Rocker settled with her Cheerios (or “o’s” as she calls them).  I was actually organized enough this week to get almost all of my Sabbath preparations done Thursday night so that I oculd devote myself on Friday my baking.  I had to make challah (more on that later), the biscuits and a banana-cream pie for dessert (see appropriate post).

So I settled the baby with her cereal, and began.  Only then did I realize that I did not have any cream.  As I was still in my pjs, I had no desire to go to the store and buy cream, so I just made the recipe with whole milk.  It actually came out pretty well.  Not as light or as tender as I expected (I have made biscuits before with a mix that we got as a gift and they were a touch lighter) but they were still quite good.

I spread one with cream cheese for the Little Rocker and she did as she usually does, she licked the cream cheese off and left the biscuit :).  Then I woke Rocker Dude with the smell of fresh biscuits and he had them with scrambled eggs and butter.

They were quite good.  I had a couple of the leftovers on Sunday morning, toasted with some butter, and Dorie is right, they lose a lot of their flakiness after the first day.  It was still wonderful in the cool spring morning as I walked to the bus stop, but they were better on Friday.

I want to try making some of the other biscuits in Dorie’s book and see how they compare (oh yeah, and maybe actually follow the recipe for these when making them again.)

You can check out the recipe here and check out the other TWD bloggers here.