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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberries and ice cream  are a terrific way to top these rich, chocolate shortcakes.

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3 cups of strawberries

3 tablespoons of granulated sugar

4 cups of vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup of chocolate sauce

Chocolate Biscuits:

2-1/4 cups of flour

1.2 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, cubed

1 cup of buttermilk

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Topping:

1 tablespoon of whipping cream

2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. Whisk together buttermilk, egg and vanilla, add to the flour mixture, stirring with fork to make soft dough.

With lightly floured hands, press dough into ball. On floured surface, knead gently about 10 times. Pat into 1-inch thick round,cut out rounds, patting out scraps and making more rounds. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Brush biscuits with cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in the centre of 400F oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until puffed and test toothpick comes out clean. Cool on pan on racks.

Meanwhile, mix:

3 cups of strawberries with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, cover and let stand for minimum of 20 minutes, until juices form (when making ahead, let stand for 2 hours)

Split cooled biscuits horizontally in half;place bottom half on each serving plate ot large platter, layer with berries, ice cream, chocolate sauce and biscuit top.

Enjoy!

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"