Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

We are enjoying local strawberries...fresh from the fields...these days.  Though strawberries taste good any which way...there's nothing quite like a serving of old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.  This recipe is more like a sweet biscuit more than a cake...and came from my friend, Marlene...some three decades ago.

  •  1 quart strawberries / 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint whipping cream / 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk

  1. Wash and slice strawberries. Add about 1/4 cup sugar to sliced berries and set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Whip cream at medium speed until soft peaks are formed...adding 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Cut in butter to make coarse crumbs.
  5. Combine milk and egg and add to dry ingredients. 
  6. Stir with a fork or spoon...just until moistened.
  7. Pat batter into greased eight inch round pan.
  8. Bake at 425° F for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  10. Cut cake into wedges.
  11. Split each wedge in half horizontally filling with strawberries and whipped cream...and topping with more of the same.