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Food Lover Friday: Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Gluten_Free_Strawberry_Shortcake This fruit filled summer dessert definitely sparks memories of childhood. I love a good biscuit or English scone and strawberry shortcake is right there with them. But how do you make a fluffy version that is gluten-free and does not resemble a hockey puck in both weight and taste? This is the question. With a few of American Test Kitchen’s gluten-free recipe successes that I have already shared here on the blog, I was anxious to try their biscuit and shortcake recipe. For those who are new here, AMT just published a new cookbook called The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook. If you are are cooking gluten-free, I highly recommend this book. The recipe I used today is called Light and Fluffy Biscuits with a variation for the shortcake. I used their recipe for ATK Gluten-Free Flour Mix, which I keep in my pantry at all times as my go-to flour now since it is not only the best but the most cost effective. In the recipe below I will give you the substitution for King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill GF flour mixes, but I will suggest you skip Bob’s for this recipe as it has a beany taste which does not work as well for sweet recipes. Here is my review for this recipe. First, it does not taste or have the gritty texture of gluten-free at all. This is due to the resting time which is very important. (Read all about why in the book). This shortcake is not very sweet, so you may want to add more sugar if you like a sweeter dessert. I loved that is was less sweet, so it is your own preference. As many gluten-free breads, it does have a nicer texture then warm. I missed the buttery flakiness a bit (which I am guessing is reduced by the resting time) but prefer less flaky over a gritty shortcake any day. My non GF taster gave this recipe two thumbs up as well. I am excited to try another variation on this recipe to make a GF English scone. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups ATK or C4C Gluten-Free Flour Blend or 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tblsp King Arthur or 1 1/2 cups 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill
  2. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered psyllium husks (do not skip this)
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar (plus 2 for sprinkling on top)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon soda
  7. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into quarter inch pieces
  8. 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  9. 1 large egg beaten
  10. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use melted coconut oil)
  11. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Whisk dry ingredients until combines. Add butter and blend with fork until butter is pea-size. In another bowl, whisk remaining ingredients. With rubber spatula fold wet ingredients into dry until no flour pockets remain, about 1 minute. Cover bowl and let rest for 30 minutes. (This is what makes it non gritty).
  2. Place oven rack in middle and heat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with baking paper and place into second baking sheet. The double baking sheets allow the tops to brown without burning the bottom of the shortcakes. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter onto sheet 1/2 inch apart.
  3. Bale until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes, rotating sheet half way through baking. Transfer to wire rack and let cook for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or coconut cream.
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Lia Griffith http://liagriffith.com/
  1. what is the pysillium husks????and where can I find it?

    • They can be found in a health food store and are often used for cleansing. Mine were not as powdered as I needed so I used my coffee grinder to break them down into a fine texture.

  2. This looks amazing!! Now I’m craving some. :)

  3. Do you know what the calorie count is for this gluten-free shortcake? I’ve read the ingredients for the flour are quite starchy.

    • The recipes in this book are not meant to be super healthy recipes, but instead to replace gluten-filled recipes as close as possible in taste and texture. These recipes are my “treats”. ;-)

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