Emeril's Chocolat Short Cake

Emeril Lagasse's Oscar Dinner

GMA Recipes Dessert
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

In honor of the movie Chocolat — Emeril whipped up a Chocolat shortcake.


  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup kirsch
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 8 scoops Chocolate ice cream
  • Confectioner's sugar, for dusting
  • Cooking Directions

    Combine the strawberries, kirsch and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar in a medium-size mixing bowl. Toss to mix. Cover and chill for two hours.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and mix well. Add the butter and, using your hands; work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the half-and-half and gently mix to incorporate. The dough will be sticky.

    Dust your work surface with 1 tablespoon of the flour. Turn the dough onto the floured surface. Gently fold each edge toward the center. Pick up the dough and dust the work surface with the remaining 1-tablespoon of flour. Return the dough to the work surface and fold each edge toward the center again. Turn the dough over and lightly press it out to a 3/4 inch thickness. Cut out 8 shortcakes using a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter.

    Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

    To serve, cut the shortcakes horizontally in half. Put a scoop of ice cream on each bottom half-then cover with the top half. Spoon the strawberries in equal amounts over the tops and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve immediately.

    Recipe copyright ©2000 by Emeril Lagasse

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: strawberries, cocoa powder

    Course: Dessert

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