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Strawberry Shortcake With Basil Infused Cream


  • 2 1/4 cups cold heavy cream, plus 2 tbl, for brushing
  • 20 large basil leaves, plus 1/3 cup small or torn basil leaves
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more if needed
  • 1 1/2 tbl baking powder
  • salt
  • 2 sticks plus 2 tbl cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups sliced strawberries (1 lb 4 oz)
  • 3 tbl confectioners' sugar


1. Infuse the basil flavor. Bring 1 1/2 cups cream to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bruise large basil leaves by hitting repeatedly with the dull side of a knife, and stir into cream. Remove from heat, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let steep for 25 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing solids to extract liquid. Refrigerate until very cold, at least 5 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl mix the dry ingredients. Whisk together flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, the baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients. Whisk together 3/4 cup heavy cream, the eggs, and vanilla. Combine wet and dry ingredients using a fork until ingredients are moistened but not fully incorporated. (Do not overmix.)

3. Turn dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pat into a 9 1/2-inch circle. Brush dough with remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake until light golden brown and just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely, about 2 hours.

3. Meanwhile, macerate strawberries with remaining 1/4 cup sugar, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour. Toss berries with small basil leaves. Whisk basil cream with confectioners' sugar in the chilled bowl of a mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Mound basil cream on shortcake. Spoon berries with juice over top.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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