Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

 

I’ve been cooking more than ever these past several months and enjoying testing new recipes, both savory and sweet. Our children have loved baking, and become more adventurous with their tastebuds too which has thrilled me to no end! As each week tumbles into the next, our family continues to feel so fortunate to be at home making these memories together. We have profound admiration and gratitude for all of the doctors, nurses, first responders, and people working on the front lines right now.

And so, one of our weekly tradition’s is a special Sunday night dinner. Last Sunday I whipped up a Mediterranean menu as well as strawberry shortcake for dessert. I found the most beautiful red berries at the market on Saturday, and so I instantly knew what to make for our Sunday treat. Strawberry shortcake always reminds me of summertime when the late sunny afternoons spill into warm evenings, and the berries are ripe and juicy,  just waiting to bejewel a buttery biscuit and decadent dollop of coconut whipped cream. I decided to add a little strawberry sauce as well, and it really added an extra layer of flavor and elevated the dish. This delectable recipe – which is also grain free, dairy free and gluten free – is adapted from my favorite dessert cook book by Sweet Laurel Bakery, and I hope you will give it a try! PS-this made enough for us to have shortcake for two nights, which is always a bonus 🙂

 

Strawberry Shortcake (8 Strawberry Shortcakes)

Biscuits 

2 tablespoons solid coconut oil

2 tablespoons solid coconut butter

21⁄2 cups almond flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons maple syrup

3⁄4 cup coconut yogurt (I like Culina)

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the coconut butter and coconut oil to a small bowl, and place it in the freezer to chill for 5 minutes. In a separate medium sized bowl, combine the almond flour, baking powder and salt. Add the cold coconut butter and coconut oil and mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated and the oil and butter are the size of peas. Gently fold in the maple syrup and coconut yogurt until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball, and then press it down until its about 1 inch thick. Fold the dough on top of itself several times to help create a fluffy texture.

Next, press the dough so it’s 1 inch thick, and using a biscuit cutter (or cookie cutter), cut out X-inch round biscuits. Place them on the baking ship, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Set the the biscuits aside to cool while you prepare the strawberries, filling and whipped cream.

 

Strawberry Filling

1 cup quartered fresh strawberries (plus an additional pint of fresh berries to be used on top of the whipped cream)

Juice of 1 lemon

1⁄4 cup honey

 

Pour 1 cup of the quartered strawberries, the juice of half a lemon, and honey into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you’d like the sauce thinner/less sweet, add more lemon juice until you reach the desired consistency and taste.

 

Assembling the Shortcakes 

Place each biscuit on a plate and add a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream (I love this one, but you could also make your own), a heaping spoonful of fresh sliced strawberries, and a spoonful of strawberry sauce. I sometimes like to garnish with a sprig of mint too!

Easter Table Setting Inspiration

Tory Burch 

Martha Stewart 

Alice Naylor-Leyland

The Avenue

Gal Meets Glam

Citrine Living

 

With Easter Sunday this weekend, I wanted to share some beautiful and inspiring table settings and floral arrangements to add some cheer to your day. While this Easter might look different from year’s past, we can still all set a stunning table, cook a special meal, and gather with family to enjoy the holiday. Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

Healthy Blackberry Scone Recipe

 

Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, scones are the most delicious little indulgence. I whipped up a batch of blackberry scones for my family last Saturday morning, and we savored them to the last crumb! The recipe is from Dr. Mark Hyman – a renowned functional medicine doctor – and what’s so fabulous about these scones is that they are as delicious as they are nutritious. Made with nourishing ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, cinnamon and blackberries, these scones taste incredible and have healthy ingredients you can feel good about eating. Topped with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream or a pat of butter and jam, these scones are our new favorite little snack.

I’ve been cooking more than ever lately, and enjoying baking treats for my boys. I love the scent of warm baked goods wafting through the air, as well as the pitter-patter of feet coming down the hall to see what goodies await. The kids helped me make vegan sprinkle cookies yesterday which made for a very special dessert, and next on my list is a new zucchini muffin recipe.

I hope you all stay safe and well at home, and give this new recipe a try!

 

Blackberry Scones


Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup millet flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil 
  • 2 eggs (we used vegan flax eggs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another medium bowl, combine the coconut oil, eggs (or vegan eggs), and vanilla and stir well. (If using vegan flax eggs, for each “egg,” combine one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with three tablespoons of water and let the mixture sit in the fridge for 5 minutes.) Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture until combined, and gently fold in the blackberries. 

Lay a square of parchment paper on a cutting board. Place the dough on the paper and flatten until it’s a 1-inch thick disk. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out the scones and place them on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown. Let them cool and enjoy!