County Fair Strawberry Shortcake

This is all about the juice....as you will see...

County Fair Strawberry Shortcake
This is the best!
Serves 6-8

For the berries.
2 quarts fresh ripe strawberries, hulled and cut into large pieces, either halved or quartered.
4 cups water
3 cups sugar
5-6 fresh bay leaves or two sprigs of garden basil
Put the prepped berries in an non reactive bowl.
Bring the water, sugar and leaves to a boil. Stir to melt the sugar and turn off. When slightly cooled but still warm, pour over the berries to macerate. Allow to rest at room temperature for at least an hour or chilled overnight.

Buttermilk Shortcake
4 cups unbleached ap flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
12 ounces butter, cold, cut up
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 each eggs, for egg wash
4 tablespoons heavy cream, for egg wash
Additional 2 tbls sugar for dusting
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400
In mixer at slow setting with paddle attachment - mix all dry ingredients for two minutes
Cut butter into small pieces.
Turn mixer to medium setting and add the butter in pieces very quickly so that you are done in one minute. Turn off machine.
Add the butter milk, Turn the machine to low again and run for 45 seconds, just enough to incorporate.
Remove loose dough to a LIGHTLY floured board. Fold together any wet spots gently---don't over work.
Roll out onto a lightly greased cookie pan about 1 inch thick.
Flip it over and roll out again to 3/4 inch thick.
Use a knife or pizza cutter top score into squares or triangles. They needn't be perfect.
Mix the eggs and cream.
Brush the top with the egg-cream mix.
Dust with the remaining sugar
Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden.

To serve, portion the  shortcake and then slice each piece across midway to make a bottom and top.
Put each bottom in a soup or pasta bowl.
Ladle on a general 4 oz portion of strawberries with plenty of juice so the juice pools in the bowl and it soaks the bottom. Top the berries with a copious amount of whipped cream. Place the top pastry on it  jaunty style and dust with powdered sugar if that appeals to you.