ONCE STRAWBERRIES COME INTO SEASON, strawberry shortcake becomes THE dessert to make. And if this seasonal favorite is one of your favorites, you won’t be able to resist this take on the iconic dessert. All the components are repackaged into a bar, perfect for taking to a potluck or party. And as with any fresh fruit dessert, it’s only as good as the fruit you make it with, so look for plump, juicy berries.
The bars are made with a strawberry-studded shortcake dough, then sandwiched with a layer of strawberry jam right in the middle. And it’s worth noting, there’s a secret ingredient in the dough — white chocolate. It adds creaminess to the baked crust without making it dense. Be sure to use a bar of white chocolate in this recipe. The chips typically contain less cocoa butter than the bars, so they won’t melt as well.
All it takes to complete the bars is a simple strawberry sauce with just the right amount of sugar to sweeten it and cornstarch to thicken it. To elevate these bars even more, finish them off with freshly whipped cream.
Strawberry Shortcake Bars with fresh strawberry sauce
Makes 12 servings Total time: 1 1 /4 hours + cooling
FOR THE SAUCE, PURÉE:
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large, and divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup water Pinch of table salt