Saturday, March 21, 2009

Strawberry Shortcake

Due to its lower fat content, this shortcake can overcook and crumble quickly, so watch it carefully in the oven--don't allow it to brown.

10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

* 4 cups sliced strawberries
* 1/4 cup sugar

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
* 2/3 cup fat-free buttermilk
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Cooking spray
* 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
* 1 1/2 teaspoons turbinado sugar or granulated sugar

Remaining ingredients:
* 2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
* Whipped topping (optional)
* Whole strawberry (optional)

To prepare strawberries, combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; cover and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare shortcake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through baking soda) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine buttermilk and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times with floured hands. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush top with egg white; sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar.

Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Carefully split shortcake in half horizontally using a serrated knife; cool layers separately on wire racks.

Place bottom half of shortcake, cut side up, on a serving plate. Drain strawberries, reserving juice; drizzle juice over bottom half of shortcake. Spread 2 cups whipped topping over shortcake layer; arrange strawberries over whipped topping. Top with remaining shortcake layer, cut side down. Garnish with whipped topping and whole strawberry, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 246 (27% from fat)
Fat: 7.4g (sat 4.4g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.5g)
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrate: 40.3g
Fiber: 2.2g
Cholesterol: 19mg
Iron: 1.6mg
Sodium: 348mg
Calcium: 90mg

recipes by:Cooking Light
photo:Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell


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