Gluten-free shortcake?

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Just realized I need a gluten-free shortcake recipe.

Clarifications:

1. I hate  shortcake, but my mother-in-law loves it.

2. My mother-in-law is diagnosed celiac, high-sensitivity (most ketchup affects her).

3. Her birthday is in late June, and her special favorite birthday dessert is strawberry shortcake.

So what I'm looking for is:

A. A gorgeous GF shortcake recipe; OR

B. A gorgeous GF substitute that she will adore even more.

Help!
 
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First a clarification question - what do you consider shortcake? The sponge cake or biscuit type? I've noticed it can be regional.
 
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That's what we use also.

My dad has celiac and my mom uses King Arthur Gluten Free Pancake and Biscuit Mix when she is in a hurry, or Cup4Cup flour in her regular recipe. If you use the cup4cup, allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes before baking to allow the flour to absorb some of the liquid, otherwise it can have a grainy texture.

The mix is carried in most decent size grocery stores, the cup4cup can be harder to find. Here it can be found at Earthfare and up north Meijers carries it. I don't know about your area. When my folks contacted them online to locate a store, the did send them a coupon :)

My bulk flour rep says the new Bob's Red Mill GF all purpose is very well thought of as well, but I haven't been able to find a small bag of it around here to try.

Edited to add, if she is recently diagnosed, there is a national organization that has a great resource for people to help find brands that don't have "hidden"gluten such the vinegar in ketchups and BBQ sauces.
 
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@Fatcook-- thanks for the suggestions. You're saying a direct sub of these GF mixes for flour in the recipe, I gather?

As to diagnosis, no, she's been definitely diagnosed for almost 10 years. I mentioned the ketchup thing only because my sister-in-law, who is also celiac, is very mild: she can get away with a lot of things like ketchup and vinegar, and she can even once in a while splurge on something like pizza and only suffer for 10-12 hours rather mildly. My mother-in-law, nope: BAD news if she hits gluten.
 
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Chris, exactly. If you can get a copy of her favorite recipe, just use the replacement flour and add the "soaking" time. They will be slightly starchier than normal, but with fresh strawberries, I think it will be negligible. If she's been GF for that long, she's used to it by now anyway.

Otherwise, if you don't have one you already like, the America's Test Kitchen one works well with the GF flour.

My dad falls in between the two - the wrong vinegar in things will cause a reaction (not horrible but bad enough to avoid it), but once a year he eats a hot Krispy Creme donut and thinks it worth the consequences.


It is a sweet idea and I am sure she will be touched.
 
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Update.

Turns out, back when she ate gluten, she was never happy with her shortcake. Mostly she used a Bisquik recipe. She'd bathe it in melted butter before serving but was never really happy with it. So now I need a shortcake recipe that has lots of butter cooked in, light and lovely. Any ideas?
 
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@ChrisLehrer... shortbread (no matter if GF or not) gets the signature sandy crumbly buttery goodness by "cutting" very cold fat (usually butter) into the drys.

The MIL (lucky to have such a loving and concerned SIL IMO) might want to give the GF Bisquik mix another whirl and instead of melting the butter, cut a very cold stick of butter into small chunks and toss everything into a food processor and pulse until the butter chunks are pea sized.

If you can find it (try amazon.com) I have had lots of satisfied guests when I use Bob's Red Mill GF shortbread cookie mix (the tweaked recipe is on their website).

Just sub the veg shortening out with whatever butter she can tolerate.

mimi
 
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Sorry for the long gap in replying. I would be happy to send you the ATK gluten free recipe in a PM if you would like to try it (since it is copyrighted).

If she is not completely tied to it being a shortcake, we've found that old fashioned pound cake does well in GF form and is great with strawberries.
 
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