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  • Writer's picture Therese Nugent

Strawberry Shortcakes with Grand Marnier Mascarpone Cream

Strawberry Shortcakes with Grand Marnier Mascarpone Cream

Serves 6

1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons sugar, plus one tablespoon

1-tablespoon baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and

cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes

8 ounces whipping cream, plus 2 tablespoons

zest of one orange

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

1⁄2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 ounces whipping cream

3 1-pint baskets fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking

powder, and salt and process until blended. Add the butter and pulse until just

blended. Add 8 ounces whipping cream and the orange zest and process until

moist clumps of dough form. Gather the dough into a ball and knead until the

ingredients are just incorporated.

2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a 3⁄4-inch thick round. Using a 3-inch

round cutter cut out three rounds. Repeat to cut three more rounds. Place the

dough rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the rounds

with the 2 tablespoons cream and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake in a pre-

heated 375-degree oven until golden, approximately 20 minutes.

3. Using a hand-held mixer in a mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone, sugar,

liqueur, and vanilla and beat until blended. Add the cream, a 1⁄2 cup at a time, and

bear until soft peaks form. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

4. Cut the biscuits in half horizontally. Place the bottom half on individual plates and

top with strawberries. Place a dollop of cream and the biscuit top.


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