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Nirvana Ayurvedic Strawberry Shortcake

20 Oct 2011   Shanti Gowans
Slice plenty of strawberries up and mash them a little bit with a fork to get some of the juice from the berries.  Add between a 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar to the berries and set them aside in the fridge so that the sugar and the juice of the berries make a lot of syrup. You want enough juice to flavour the biscuits. 

 

The cake is made as if you are going to make biscuits, which is very easy with self raising flour.
• Measure approximately two cups of flour
• Add about a 1/4 cup of sugar to the flour (don't want them to be very sweet).
• Blend.
• Add about a 1/4 cup of butter or ghee (the real deal). Cut it into the mix.
• Add milk until you have a 'semi soft dough' stiff enough to handle with your hands but just barely. 
- By putting flour on your hands you can pinch off and pat out, or roll out a biscuit to your own size preference. Less is better because they do get bigger.
• Bake about 400-450 in the oven until lightly browned. 
 
As soon as you take the biscuits out of the oven, cut them open
• and lightly butter them inside and very lightly on the top.
(We just want the flavour, but not have them soggy with butter). 
• Set aside until you are ready to serve them. You don't want them to get too soggy, and want some of the crispness on the outside of the biscuit, so don't add the strawberries too far ahead of time.
• Have everything ready to put together and serve immediately.

 
When you are ready for dessert, place a generous amount of strawberries in the middle of the biscuits and on top of them, adding plenty of the juice onto the biscuit. Top with whipped cream, either the real kind or a nut cream of your choice.  If my mother's generation were doing it, they would use more butter and sugar, but todays generation prefer less calories and they are just as delicious. Add plenty of strawberries so that you don't skrimp on the berries and juice when you make them up to serve. 

More recipes like this can be found in Shantiji's 
Food for Life, Ayurvedic Recipes book

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