Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter or margarine, cut up
1 (12-ounce) package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed
4 cups sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Grease baking sheets.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in morsels. Stir in buttermilk with a fork just until moistened. Knead 2 or 3 times on floured surface. Pat to 3/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch diamonds; place on prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Cut one shortcake in half horizontally. Spread bottom half with whipped topping; top with strawberries. Cover with shortcake top; layer with more whipped topping and strawberries. Repeat with remaining shortcakes. Serve immediately.
Makes 16 servings.

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