Outback Steakhouse’s Strawberry Waffle Shortcake

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Desserts, Food
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About 3 or 4 months ago we went to Outback and they had this dessert, the strawberry waffle shortcake and it was soooooooooooooooooooo good! I mean I tweeted about it immediately after the first bite. It really didn’t make any sense how good it was. Well Toya and I had a taste for that dessert and so we went to outback for dinner.

Are you guys ready to order?
Ummm, not yet. I do have a question though, you guys still have that strawberry waffle shortcake thingy right?
I’m sorry sir, that was a short time special… I hear it was very good though.
What?!?!?! Why would that be limited time? It was by far the best dessert you guys have! Who do I need to call, corporate offices or something? That was the reason we came tonight
I’ll come back in a few to take your order

Nevermind the fact that she ignored my request for “who do I need to contact about getting this item back on the menu”, (I’m not above doing that as I’ve contacted Cici’s Pizza about some changed menu items that didn’t make any sense on this living planet). I turned to Toya : “Sooo, you ready to go to Longhorn steakhouse then? At least the steaks are better there

Toya declines and says we’re already there so lets eat and I sigh heavily with defeat. I want that dessert. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to make it myself tonight. To show how clueless this experience started I asked 2 different waiters/waitresses what was in the dessert. I received ice cream, strawberries, almonds, and waffles as the first answer (not enough ingredients), and then almond filling, strawberries, waffles, whipped cream, and some chocolate bar shavings as the second answer. Chocolate bar shavings? On a strawberry shortcake? Who does that? Let alone the fact that I’m allergic to chocolate and I definitely would’ve known if chocolate was in it. So… here we go, Toya and I have to do this off a 3 to 4 month one time experience memory.

Turns out after research it did have a cream cheese filling in between the belgian waffle layers and not an ounce of ice cream at all. I didn’t research it till after we made it so below is the recipe that Toya and I came up with and not a true representation of the dish. The only thing that’s missing is the fact we forgot to buy the “strawberry topping”. But in the end, our version was awesome and we liked the ice cream over the cream cheese filling, gives it a great hot/cold contrast sensation.
Enjoy!

Since I don’t have a belgian waffle maker (can you believe it?) we used frozen waffles, any of your favorite brands will work, just don’t toast til you’re ready to serve this dish. You want the waffle hot. You can also make your own waffles, but then we start to get away from this being a quick and easy dessert

1 or 2 waffles or 2 sections of a belgian waffle
1 1/2 tablespoon almond extract
2 scoops of  vanilla bean ice cream
Tub of cool whip, extra creamy
About 3-4 strawberries per serving, sliced
Sliced almonds (don’t really know how to “measure” sliced almonds to sprinkle on top)
Strawberry topping/sauce (again, I didn’t get to use this step this time)

Stir almond extract into cool whip. Toast waffles and either break up into large pieces or lay a waffle into bowl. Place two scoops of ice cream on top. Layer the extra waffle (or pieces) on top of ice cream. Toss in strawberries and then the topping/sauce. Top with almond cool whip and almonds. Serve and enjoy.

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Comments
  1. MiMi says:

    Ryan, frozen waffles???? Come on! tsk, tsk, tsk. I had this dish last year at Outback. We thought it was okay. My aunt kept complaining that they did not “put enough filling on it.” Seemed kinda “dry.” It was tasty though. I will tell you this. My cousin is a waitress at Outback and we asked her last year about this dessert. She said they used actual cake batter but cooked it in a waffle iron. That’s why it was sweeter tasting than an actual waffle would be. Just giving my two cents. That will be $25 for that little secret ;-). Thanks!

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    • vrgoldman says:

      What? i can’t use frozen waffles? this was an impromptu dessert, i wasn’t about to batter up some waffles. but remember, i dont’ have a griddle. 😦 Mine broke and I haven’t replaced it yet.
      and yeah, they use cake batter and vanilla pudding in it too. so that will be $25.99 for my lil extra secret on top of yours! hahahah

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