Strawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat Cheese

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Strawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat Cheese

Do you ever look in the mirror and think, “Hey, you’ve been pretty good at life lately, and congratulations on not screwing up this DIY bangs trim, but, one note for possible self-improvement. Does it seem like it’s been too long since you/we brought together goat cheese and summer berries in a dessert context?”

Just me? 

Strawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat Cheese

…Yeah, just me.

I can live with that, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want you aboard this goat-cheese-desserts train. Understandably enough, it’s not for everybody; goat cheese to begin with is not a universal crowd pleaser. That said, sweet fruit and tangy cheese would probably be my death row meal, so I think it’s my duty to pop in every couple of years and bug you about it.

I’ve seen shortcake desserts made with flaky biscuits, sponge cake, angel food, pound cake…  Whatever route you fancy works. As for my own preference, I like my shortcakes… Short, meaning buttery and crumbly, which also translates in terms of stature. Read: wee little guys. These ones.

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You might be wondering about the black pepper, too. If this is new to you and sounds weird, I promise it’s a good idea. Salt and pepper make food sing! Specifically: what salt is to sugar, black pepper is to fruit.

(Note for those of you studying for your SATs–salt:sugar::pepper:fruit.)

(Note for me–tattoo idea?)

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Meanwhile, If I still haven’t sold you on the goat cheese… Cream cheese would work too. I GUESS. Either way, consider these a summertime classic with a cheesecake-y touch and an occasional spark (picture me doing jazz hands and grinning like a total cheeseball) of sharp, fresh pepper. 

I hope your summer is off to an excellent start–so far I’ve eaten these AND remembered to put sunscreen on my ears before a long hike, so things are looking up around here. If you need to get in the spirit, you know what to do, friends. Shortcake it up.

Cheers,
-d.

Strawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat CheeseStrawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat Cheese

 

(Disclaimer: I created this for #Driscollsberry Strawberry Shortcake Month and was generously provided Driscoll’s strawberries for this fun little project–as always, opinions are mine, etc.)

Strawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat Cheese
Serves 3
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
For strawberries
  1. 2 cups sliced strawberries
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. Freshly ground black pepper
For shortcakes
  1. 1 cup flour (I've used both all-purpose and cake flour before; cake flour used here)
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  6. 1/3 cup heavy cream (you can use buttermilk, too)
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  9. Coarse sugar, such as turbinado (optional, for sprinkling on top)
For whipped goat cheese
  1. 3 ounces goat cheese
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 3/4 cup heavy cream
To make the strawberry mixture
  1. Sprinkle sugar and a generous few turns' worth of freshly ground black pepper (about 8 here) over the sliced strawberries, gently stir and set aside for at least an hour.
To make the shortcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add butter cubes and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, then add heavy cream (or buttermilk) and pulse until it starts to come together.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and briefly knead just until it comes together (be sure to not overwork it). Roll it out until about 3/4-inch thick, and cut out three biscuits with a round cutter, dipping the cutter in flour in-between each cut. (Or, if you don't mind rustic-looking shortcakes and/or hate to waste dough, just cut it into three--or four--wedges.)
  4. For the egg wash, mix the egg yolk with the cream and brush the tops of the shortcakes. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the shortcakes are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
To make whipped goat cheese
  1. Using a hand mixer, beat goat cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth (a minute or so). With the mixer running, add cream in a steady stream and continue whipping until the mixture holds firm peaks.
To assemble the shortcakes
  1. Split each shortcake and spoon 1/3 of the strawberry mixture on the bottom half. Pipe or dollop about 1/2 cup of the whipped goat cheese on top, followed by the top half of the shortcake.
Notes
  1. Note that this recipe is halved from the original and only yields 3 shortcakes, but is easily doubled!
Adapted from David Lebovitz
Adapted from David Lebovitz
10th Kitchen http://www.10thkitchen.com/
 

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18 Responses to Strawberry Shortcakes with Black Pepper and Whipped Goat Cheese

  1. Love these shortcakes!! I´m a huge fan of using black pepper in baking and was 1st introduced it 2 years ago on a trip to the Netherlands.. I was hooked! Can you send me one of these pleas? lol xoxo
    Johlene recently posted…Raspberry White Chocolate PopsiclesMy Profile

  2. You are so awesome. I heartily approve of the tattoo. And I would have killed it on the SATs were the questions about food. These are the most beautiful shortcakes I’ve ever seen.
    Alanna recently posted…12 Things That Have Helped my Food PhotographyMy Profile

  3. Would you PLEASE get that tattoo? And then post a picture on Instagram? And then caption it #whenenglishmajorsgettattoos? I know it’s kind of a permanent thing for a momentary in-joke, but I promise it will be totally worth the brief chuckle.

    In other news, I love everything you make. No kidding.
    Elizabeth – SugarHero! recently posted…Birthday Party Hat CakesMy Profile

    • …So it’s you + Alanna vs. my mom on the tattoo now! This means I must. I should get it on my neck, right? Or cheek, Mike Tyson-style?

      And thanks mucho, friend!

  4. You do not have to persuade me about the wonders of the goat cheese/fruit pairing. I think it is magical!! Also love strawberries in particular and black pepper. These shortcakes a mouth full of awesome.
    Joanne recently posted…Bananas Foster Chia PuddingMy Profile

    • Oh, I know you’re a fellow cheese lover! We are a tight-knit community. Cheese people are great people.

  5. These look amazing and I can get down with goat cheese and berries for sure. I LOVE goat cheese. It’s just so tangy and great.
    Nicole recently posted…North Carolina Pulled Pork SandwichesMy Profile

    • It’s just the greatest. I put the leftover goat cheese from these in my omelette last night for dinner, and it made me ridiculously happy. It’s the little things!

  6. Whipped goat cheese! You just rocked my world. I’ve made a similar concoction as a cake filling with cream cheese, but never knew it could work with goat cheese. I love this grown up strawberry shortcake.
    Natasha @ The Cake Merchant recently posted…Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Peanut Butter Whipped CreamMy Profile

    • It works! Whipped cream cheese is my go-to cake frosting–it’s insanely good and easy to work with. This had a slightly different texture, but delicious nonetheless. Thanks Natasha!

  7. This looks amazing! And I think I might be sold on goat cheese in desserts. Just maybe
    ATasteOfMadness recently posted…Avocado Tuna Salad SandwichMy Profile

  8. I haven’t experimented much with goat cheese for dessert, but I think it’s an easy sell. This looks lovely.
    Jessica @ http://www.caretakerskitchen.com recently posted…Brown Sugar Yogurt CakeMy Profile

  9. I’m all for goat cheese in desserts. Goat cheese drizzled with dark honey and sprinkled with toasted walnuts is one of my fave things for apps or dessert. So, fancy it up with strawberries and shortcakes? Yes, please. And I vote yes for the tattoo also. Or, like always, we could go the t-shirt/poster route. Or actually, how about a serious black and white meme of YOU and your SAT material? Watch out, Pinterest.
    Sara {Home is Where The Cookies Are} recently posted…Easy Peanut Butter Sugar CookiesMy Profile

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