If you have a special Dad in your life, you must make these shortcakes for him this Sunday! Strawberry shortcake is a traditional favorite at our home for Father’s
Day since it is always strawberry season here at that time. This recipe
kicks up traditional strawberry shortcake up several notches!
The perfect, tender biscuit-like shortcakes made with chopped pecans and toasted coconut are so delicious! I even used the scraps of dough to make small biscuits that I froze and had for breakfast for a few days. I could make the shortcake dough over and over just for biscuits. They are that good.
Filled with macerated strawberries and whipped cream, they would be a delicious end to a Father’s Day Barbecue and your special Dad will be so appreciative.
Here in the garden it is the season for peonies! I appreciate them every day because the season is gone so quickly and the scent is so heavenly.
Peonies will always remind me of our daughter’s wedding in mid June as they
are the flowers she requested for her wedding. She and her husband are celebrating
their 9th anniversary this week and we have been blessed with three wonderful young grandsons since then 🙂
So, Happy Anniversary to our daughter and son-in-law and a very Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads this weekend! And my heart goes out to those father’s who are grieving over the loss of their sons and daughters in Orlando.
Serves 8-10, depending on size of shortcake cutter you use
For the Shortcakes:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
3/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. heavy cream, divided
1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
Silicone baking sheet Liner or parchment paper
Whole pecan halves
Unsweetened shredded coconut
For the Strawberries:
2 lbs strawberries, halved and sliced
1/4 – 1/3 cup granulated sugar, depending on how sweet you like them
1-2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or Triple Sec liqueur (or freshly squeezed orange juice)
Garnish: Sweetened Whipped Cream or Sweetened Mascarpone Cream
Preheat oven to 350F.
the coconut on a baking sheet for about 5-6 minutes, watching carefully
so it does not burn. Toss coconut occasionally for even browning. Let
Toast the pecans on another backing sheet for about 7 minutes until fragrant and slightly browned. Allow to cool.
together flour, sugar and baking power in a large bowl. Cut butter into
flour mixture with a pastry cutter or large fork until just combined.
Do not overwork.
Transfer the toasted coconut into the bowl of a
food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until finely
chopped. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the 4 eggs, vanilla and
1 cup heavy cream. Add the egg mixture, chopped pecans, and toasted
coconut to the bowl with the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon
or spatula until just blended. The dough will still be moist.
the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and gently knead 2-3 times.
Pat the dough to a uniform 1 to 1-1/2 inch thickness. Using a 3-inch
cutter, cut the dough without twisting the cutter and place on a
silicone mat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Reshape dough gently
and cut remaining dough. You may use a smaller cutter to use up the
scapes. The dough makes wonderful biscuits to eat with breakfast all by
Turn oven heat up to 400F.
Chill cut dough
for at least 15 minutes. Afterward, brush each shortcake with the
remaining 1 tablespoon cream and press one pecan half on top. Sprinkle
Bake shortcakes at 400° for about 18 minutes or
until golden brown. Cool on pan placed on a baking rack for at least 20
About 1 hour before serving, prepare the strawberries
by stirring the cut strawberries together with sugar, liqueur or orange
juice. Allow to macerate at room temperature, stirring occasionally.
serve, split the shortcakes in half horizontally. Place a shortcake
bottom on each dessert plate, and top with about a generous scoop of
strawberries and top with sweetened whipped cream or sweetened Mascarpone Cream
Adapted from Southern Living