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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes (04.02.13)

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by Jennifer Burns, What a Woman Wants Show

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 10 fresh strawberries or grated chocolate, optional
  • Grated chocolate, optional

Combine strawberries and 1/3 cup sugar; refrigerate if desired. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar. Cut in butter and 2/3 cup chips until crumbly. Add half-and-half and stir until just moistened.

Divide dough into 8 patties, about 3/4-in. thick. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with coarse sugar and remaining chips.

Bake at 450° for 13 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate.

To assemble, split shortcakes in half. Place cake bottoms on dessert plates. Top with about two-thirds of the strawberries, whipped cream and fudge topping. Replace shortcake tops; top with remaining berries, cream and topping. Garnish with chocolate if desired.

Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

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