Now that I'm a full fledged adult (when did that happen?!), I like to look back over my favorite foods as a kid, and try to get some of that time back, even as it whizzes past me at lightening speed.
Now, one of my daughters favorite books is, "The Poky Little Puppy", and if I've read that book once, I've read it a million times per day (easily twice per day, most days, for the last 3 years), not counting the amount of times I read it as a kid! One of the things that the poky little puppy sees is a ripe, red strawberry, and he somehow automatically knows that the humans back home are making strawberry shortcake; they rush home and...well, I'm not going to give away the end of the story, in case you haven't read it!
Instantly, her face lights up, and she says, "Like my book! "The Poky Little Puppy"!!!"
I love how much she loves to help me in the kitchen (I literally cannot even go into the kitchen for a glass of water, without her trailing behind me, asking what we're going to cook). She's learning to knead breads, do math, whisk...she's learning so much, and growing so fast, and I'm so, so thankful that we have digital cameras. I can take thousands of pictures, and have, and not have to worry about how much it's going to cost to get them developed, or if one turned out blurry, or I managed to just capture the back of her head as she's turning away from the camera, that it's a waste of a picture.
For the shortcakes:
2 C All purpose flour, plus some for dusting
Now that your butter has been cut into the flour, lightly beat your egg with your milk, and add it to the well in your flour/butter mix. Mix it, until it just comes together; since you will be kneading this next, you don't want to overwork it in the bowl. It will look lumpy, bumpy, and you may have some flour leftover in the bowl. No worries.
This dough will look like it won't come together. You'll dump it out onto your work surface (that has been dusted with flour, right? Yes, okay, just checking), and it will look like a hot mess. This is fine. This is normal. This is what you want. Just lightly knead it for a couple of minutes, just until it comes together. This will take about 2 minutes, or so. Once I got it together, my daughter took over the kneading and finished it off. I figured there wasn't much damage a 3 year old could do, especially since this doesn't need a lot of elbow grease.
Once your dough has come together, pat it down into about a 1" disk, and use your biscuit cutter to cut out your biscuits. Don't have a biscuit cutter? No problem, just flip a drinking glass upside down and use that. I've done that numerous times.
I was cutting the biscuits, and my daughter was putting them on the baking sheet (ungreased, and parchment paper isn't necessary); you can see her little hand there in the picture. Try to get as many biscuits cut out on your first go 'round with the dough, and roll the scraps back together and cut out some more; so on and so forth until you don't have any dough left. We had two tiny little scraps left, that my daughter wanted to make Mickey Mouse ears with on one of the biscuits. You can put these directly into a 425* preheated oven, and bake them for 10-20 minutes, or, I like to pop them into the fridge and let them rest for at least an hour, up to....well, all day, really, if you want. I usually let them rest for two to three hours. Aside from being able to do this ahead of time, this also allows the butter to firm back up, in case it has gotten a little soft with all of the handling.
He texted me, saying that he'd found the whipping cream, and I said that would be fine. I wanted the heavy cream, because I was had a couple of other recipes I'm going to work on, and heavy cream and whipping cream are pretty interchangeable.
He came home with no cream, though, because he said he couldn't find the heavy cream.
Some cream is better than no cream, but I had no cream.
Thankfully, while I was at the store, I did pick up a tub of Cool Whip, though, because one of my husbands favorite desserts is sliced strawberries with Cool Whip.
Anyway, put your whipped cream on, and top off with the top of the biscuit, and garnish as you wish! Even dusting with some powdered sugar would be lovely.