• Chocolate shortcake and strawberries

    Caution: Rich! (yes, pun intended)

    by Richard Oh

    Chocolate Shortcake with Sweetened Strawberries

    Recipe Ingredients:

    Shortcakes:

    • 4 oz. Bittersweet or semisweet baker’s chocolate, chopped
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I like Himalayan Sea Salt)
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • large egg
    • 1/3 cup whole milk

    Strawberries:

    • 1 pound strawberries, hulled, sliced
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream

    Chocolate Sauce:

    Use your favorite prepared chocolate sauce.

    Procedure:

    Shortcakes:

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine chocolate and cup sugar in food processor and process until chocolate is finely ground. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; process until combined. Add butter and process until mixture resembles fine meal. Mix egg withmilk in small bowl to blend; pour over flour mixture in processor and pulse just until combined. Spoon dough into six 3-inch mounds on prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Carefully transfer shortcakes to rack. Cool completely.

    DO-AHEAD TIP (optional) Shortcakes can be made one day ahead. Wrap individually in plastic and store at room temperature.

    Strawberries:

    Toss strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl. Let stand until juices form, stirring occasionally.

    Top shortcakes with strawberries, chocolate sauce, then whipped cream. Top with shortcake tops and serve.

    The Drink:

    I thought I would switch it up a little. I made an OhZone cocktail called OhBama. It has equal 1 oz. parts of OhZone, Bailey’s with caramel, and Buttershots, 3 oz. milk, and ¼ teaspoon of cocoa powder. Fill a shaker half way with ice then put in all the ingredients and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Rim a martini glass with cocoa powder and carefully pour the mix in glass. It’s a nice and refreshing pairing with the shortcakes and strawberries. The richness of the chocolate goes nicely with the creaminess of the OhBama. All the drinks that we are coming out with have my last name integrated into the name of the cocktail. I’m not very political. The OhBama name just came about since it flowed nicely. It’s pretty endless when you have a name like Oh. The most popular drink has been the OhGasm so far. It’s refreshingly tropical… Give it a try.

    OhZone:

    A few years back my friends and I wanted to come out with something new. Sometimes when our wines get a little too hot (higher alcohol then we would like) we extract some of it out of the wine. The alcohol that is extracted comes out at 124 proof. Now that is hot! What we did was send it through cold distillation and filter the alcohol and tone it down to 70 proof. That was the key. Now the OhZone can be mixed into pretty much any cocktail. From Bloody Mary to Cosmopolitan, to Margarita, to Mojito, to Long Island Ice Tea, etc… It will replace vodka, gin, rum, and tequila. You can also mix it with other spirits and it will add a nice dimension to your cocktail. It’s the “universal” spirit. I even have chefs cooking with it as well. Go to www.ohzonespirits.com for more recipes. Have fun with it.

    richard art

    The picture says it all: Richard Oh concocts not only a decadent chocolate shortcake with strawberries, but adds an OhZone cocktail called OhBama — the glass is rimmed with cocoa.

    On another note: I don’t usually enter my wines into competition because it’s so subjective. In addition, some judging is paid. My thing is whether you like it or not. You should be drinking a wine that you like not based on someone’s rating. With that said, I recently entered a wine competition with over 2,700 wines and it was judged by 87 winemakers, growers, vintners, and sommeliers. I thought with that many wines and judges I should be ok and it didn’t cost anything to enter. So I entered my new released 2010 Otter Cove Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands. I won Silver! I guess nothing ventured nothing gained. I’m very happy the way the Pinot Noir turned out. It is a single vineyard designation of Tondre Grape Fields. It starts off with dark cherries, hints of strawberries, earthy undertones, with a nice velvety finish. Pick up a bottle of this award winning wine. Your mouth will thank you for it.

    richard prize

    Finally, congratulations are in order as Otter Cove took a silver medal at a recent wine competition. Otter Cove 2010 Pinot Noir won a silver medal against more than 2700 wines.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 22, 2012

    Topics: Oh, Have A Taste!

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