June in the midwest is the time to go strawberry picking and what better way to celebrate this delicious berry than by making decadent biscuits to go with it. I used to make it all the time before being gluten-free, but realized there is no reason this would not work gluten-free, just as I still enjoy all of my other favorite desserts. But I decided to put a twist on it this time, I decided to use some oat flour and flax seed meal in it. I thought some fiber wouldn't be bad, and I love the flavor of oats. These biscuits tasted like oat shortcakes, and I couldn't get enough, and hopefully you can't either. And of course, you must top it with real homemade whipped cream for the ultimate finishing touch.
1 cup gluten-free flour mix (I use Whole Foods 365 GF All-Purpose Baking Mix)
1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 tablespoon flax seed meal (I use Bob's Red Mill)
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon cream or buttermilk for brushing the tops of the biscuits
2 pints of strawberries, hulled and cut in quarters (sometimes I like to add some blueberries as well, you can't have too much fruit here)
1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon sugar
Preheat oven to 425'
Combine the fruit in a large bowl with the preserves and sugar, stir well and let sit, covered, in the fridge.
Meanwhile the biscuits, combine the dry ingredients (saving 1/2 tablespoon of the sugar until later) in a large mixing bowl.
Add the butter and combine using clean, dry hands until it becomes the consistency of coarse meal.
Slowly add the buttermilk and stir with a rubber scraper until a dough forms.
Using damp hands form 3" balls and place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Flatten slightly. Should make about 6 biscuits.
Brush the tops with the cream or buttermilk and then sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until done. You can check with a toothpick through the middle of a biscuit.
Biscuits can be made ahead of time, up to 24 hours and kept at room temperature and covered until ready to use. Keep the fruit in the fridge until ready to use.
Before serving, combine the heavy cream, vanilla and sugar in a mixing bowl and using a hand-mixer at high-speed, beat until stiff peaks form.
When ready to serve, pour the fruit over a biscuit cut in half, and add a heaping spoonful of whipped cream.