Friday, August 1, 2014

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

There is a whole lot of NOPE going on in my house today. I am an extremely lazy bum who hasn't found any other motivation than to make dessert. There is always tomorrow to create a fantastic, multi-course meal. Today it's all about laying out, getting a little sun, and relaxing with a good book.

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes
4 cups strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking poweder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine sliced berries and sugar (more or less to taste). Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, shift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Stir in milk and melted butter until a soft dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by  1/3 cupfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until tops of shortcakes are dry. Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

In a chilled bowl, combine cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whip with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To serve, slice shortcakes in half using a serrated knife. Fill with strawberries and whipped cream.

I will be enjoying my shortcakes while relaxing and enjoying this beautiful sunshine!

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