Twins Judy & Joy: Strawberry shortcake: yum!

When in Rome, whether you want una torte alle fragale, mousse di fragola or simply una fragala, it’s all the same to your taste buds — delicious strawberry shortcakes!
Buon appetito!
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Here’s our recipe for Strawberry Shortcake!
 

Strawberry Shortcake

For the base: sponge cake, pound cake or biscuits
Caramelized strawberries
1 lb strawberries, stems removed
1/4-1/2 cup vanilla sugar*
1/2 t  lemon zest
1/2 t orange zest
½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
fresh mint leaves
almonds, chopped, optional
Sambuca whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons Sambuca
 
*Vanilla Sugar, Joy’s favorite — 2 cups white sugar and 1 vanilla bean split. Put all in an airtight container and let the vanilla perfume the sugar for several days before using.
Place the berries on a parchment lined baking sheet and turn the oven to broil. Sprinkle berries with the vanilla sugar and the zests. Broil 7-8 minutes until slightly softened and charred. Remove and cool.
If using heavy cream (can use Cool Whip), beat cream until soft peaks form and add Sambuca to taste.
Assemble shortcakes:
If using a decorative holder, as we have for individual servings, using a biscuit cutter or a small glass, cut a circle to fit the bottom of the serving piece. Place a few berries, then top with Sambuca cream and repeat until glass is filled. Garnish with fresh mint and chopped almonds … Yum!