Thursday, June 4, 2009

Homemade Sour Cream Shortcakes

Soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy and sweet on the outside, these shortcakes are sure to please any palate! This has got to be my hands-down favorite last minute dessert recipe. It's great for entertaining but is easy enough to make for your family on a weeknight. This recipe impresses people because it's completely homemade, but it is so simple to make that you can whip it together in no time with very little effort. Plus, these shortcakes are made with super simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand at home! They are a great individual dessert that go with just about any meal. You can tailor these cakes to your guests (or family's) preferences by adding different kinds of fruit sauces (we prefer strawberry sauce in my house!), fresh sliced fruit or even a chocolate ganache. To top it all off, add fresh whipped cream and serve while piping hot.

Stay tuned for my fresh whipped cream recipe (this will be a Technique Tuesday post) and my homemade strawberry sauce. My stomach is growling away!

6 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, beaten
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp baking salt

Add dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir. Add wet ingredients and use a fork to combine. Once your dough comes together, use a large spoon or your hands to form six mound (you can also make 8 smaller mounds) on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cakes are slightly golden around the edges. Remove from baking sheet immediately and serve warm with your favorite toppings.

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