Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Berry Shortcakes Franco American Style—Tuesdays With Dorie—Baking Chez Moi

Strawberry Shortcakes Franco Amercian Style--TWD

Today’s post for Tuesdays With Dorie--Baking Chez Moi are Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-Amercian Style (pages 338-340 and 424-425).  They are basically a ladyfinger dough, piped onto a baking sheet.  Two cookies/cakes are sandwiched with fresh whipped cream and berries.  Dorie’s recipes has a great filling with a strawberry compote as well as another option for roasted strawberries.  My family likes fresh berries, so I made the cakes, whipped some fresh cream and washed some berries—raspberries, blackberries and strawberries and let everyone choose what they wanted.

It was fun to make the ladyfinger batter, which I hadn’t done before.  The simple dough is made with whipped egg whites added to minimal ingredients of the yolks, a little flour and sugar and some cornstarch.  So easy and I liked doing something new.  The dough is put in a piping bag and piped into three inch circles and baked for a short time.  The cookies are tender and cake-like.  I tasted a little piece of one.  They could easily be made with a gluten free flour and organic sugar.  I will try that next time. 

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If I have learned anything from all my years baking from Dorie’s cookbooks with TWD, it is mise en place—everything in its place.  I love getting everything ready to go before I begin assembling a recipe.  The parchment is ready to go and the piping bag.

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Quite the simple batter and piping is easy—don’t be afraid of it.  Yes, filling the bag gets just a little messy, but that’s what baking is all about, right?

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Baked to a perfect golden color, the shortcakes are ready to go with whipped creamy goodness and fresh berries!

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I set up a quick dessert station and let my family have at it.

Berry Shortcakes Franco-American StyleGlad I participated in this one.  Check out the other bloggers’ posts for their shortcakes here.  Who knew that ladyfingers dough/cookies were so easy?  

9 comments:

Nana said...

Great idea for a dessert station. Everything looks yummy, and the cake was so easy.

Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) said...

I LOVE the idea of a dessert station :)

Approaching Food said...

I love your dessert station! And that everyone gets to choose their own fruit!

Liz Berg said...

Love yours with the mixed berries! SO pretty!

the2nd35years.com said...

I love that you used other berries too! Great idea!

Zosia said...

I love your bumbleberry variation! And the dessert station is a great idea.

Cakelaw said...

Your shortcakes are so pretty - those gorgeous fresh berries make me wistful for the summer.

Sarah said...

I'm glad this recipe gave me the opportunity to try a recipe that I always thought would be too difficult. I'm planning the dessert station for the 4th of July.

Lisa Grant said...

These look great! Love the fresh berries!