Strawberry Shortcakes in Jars

Strawberry Shortcakes in Jars
Staff Writer

Dede Wilson

This is perfect for summer, when so many of us are outdoors, either in our own yard or visiting friends. The jars can be covered and stacked in a cooler so they even make a great potluck or picnic dessert. Keep track of the jars as they can be re-used for another time. The jars are also great because there’s also natural portion control, too — as long as you can keep it to one per person. For shopping, note that you need one pound of strawberries plus nine more for garnish.

 

18
Servings
226
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  Cup  plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 6  Tablespoons  chilled, unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2  Cups  chilled heavy cream
  • 3  Tablespoons  confectioners' sugar
  • 1  Pound  strawberries, preferably small to medium-sized, plus 9 extra, sliced in half vertically, for garnish

Directions

Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper and set aside. Measure the mouth of the ½-pint clear glass canning jars you'll use and choose a cookie cutter that will allow the shortcakes to fit, but are as wide as possible (I used a 2-inch cutter).

Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix briefly on low speed using the flat paddle attachment to combine. Grate the chilled butter on the large holes of a box grater directly into the bowl. Mix on low-medium speed until the butter is distributed evenly, but there are still pockets of butter, which is desirable. Slowly add the milk, with the mixer running, and mix just until the dough comes together in large clumps and there is no dry mixture left on the bottom of the bowl. Do not overmix. You can whisk the dry mixture together in a bowl, cut the butter in with a pastry blender and mix the milk in with a large rubber spatula if you want to do it by hand.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead very gently just until the dough comes together. Pat it gently into a flat rectangle about ½-inch. Cut out shortcakes using cookie or biscuit cutter. You won’t get them all done at once. Gently re-form the dough to cut out the remaining shortcakes. Arrange the shortcakes on the prepared pan, evenly spaced apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops and bottoms are very lightly colored golden brown. Cool on the pan set on a rack. Use immediately or shortcakes may be

stored at room temperature for up to 8 hours, loosely wrapped in foil.

Remove the stems from 1 pound of the strawberries. Slice vertically into thin slices; place in mixing bowl. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of sugar and allow to sit for 15 minutes or until berries have exuded juice and sugar is dissolved. Fold juice and berries together well.

At least 1 hour before serving and up to 6 hours ahead, whip the cream and confectioners' sugar for the topping in the bowl of a stand mixer with the wire whip attachment on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Alternatively, you may whip by hand or with a hand-held electric mixer.

Slice the shortcakes in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Place the bottom halves, cut side up, in the bottom of the jars. Spoon over a generous dollop of cream, a few slices of strawberries with juice, then more cream. Crown that with shortcake top half, more cream, berries, cream and top with half a berry as garnish. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours. Cover with lids if traveling with them to a picnic. They pack well in a cooler. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
41mg
14%
Carbohydrate, by difference
16g
12%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
50µg
7%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
105mg
11%
Choline, total
39mg
9%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
33mg
10%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
153mg
22%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
262mg
17%
Water
47g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Strawberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Strawberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.