Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Fruit
8 cups  (2 1/2 pounds) strawberries, hulled
6 Tbsp. sugar

Shortcakes
2 cups flour, plus more for dusting the work surface and biscuit cutter
5 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1/2 C. plus 1 Tbsp. half-and-half
2 C. whipped cream
1 large egg

Instructions
Fruit: 
  1. Place 3 cups of hulled strawberries in large bowl and crush with potato masher.
  2. Slice remaining 5 cups berries and stir into crushed berries with sugar
  3. Set fruit aside to macerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours

Shortcake:
  1.  Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2.  In food processor, pulse flour, 3 Tbsp. of sugar, baking powder and salt to combine.  Scatter
          the butter pieces over and process till the mixture resembles coarse meal about 15- 1 second
          pulses.  Transfer to medium bowl.
  3.  Mix beaten egg with half-and-half in a measuring cup.  Pour egg mixture into bowl with flour
          mixture and combine with rubber spatula until large clumps form.
  4.  Turn the mixture onto a floured work surface and lightly knead until it comes together.
  5.  Use fingertips to pat dough into 9x6-inch rectangle about 3/4 inch thick, being careful not to 
            overwork dough.
  6.  Flour 2-3/4 in. biscuit cutter and cut out 6 dough rounds.  Place rounds one inch apart on
            baking sheet.
  7.  Brush tops with beaten egg white and sprinkle with remaining two tablespoons sugar.  Dough 
            rounds can be covered and refrigerated for up to two hours before baking.
  8.  bake until shortcakes are golden brown, 12-14 minutes.  Place baking sheet on wire rack and
           cool cakes until warm, about 10 minutes.

Assembly 
  1. When shortcakes have cooled slightly, split in half and place on individual serving plate.
  2. Spoon portion of fruit and whipped cream and serve immediately.