Thursday, April 30, 2009

strawberry shortcake

Have you noticed strawberries are on? I don't make jam, so you can go ahead and make your own jam and bring me some. Strawberry shortcake is one of my family's favorite desserts, so much so we don't wait around for when strawberries are cheap, thank the world for Costco.
Now when I was a kid, we used to eat strawberry short cake with angel food cake, or those gross twinkie like sponge cakes they always display next to the strawberries. My mother should be ashamed. At least she didn't use cool whip.
So the family has evolved into a REAL old fashioned shortcake.  Here is the ingredient list for the shortcake.

2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 T baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 stick butter (cold and cubed)
2 eggs
1/2 c buttermilk

Using your food processor, combine flour, sugar and salt. Next cut the butter into the flour by pulsing the food processor, it should look like this.

Now add the buttermilk and eggs and run the processor until it forms a ball. Now you can either press this into a cake pan, or drop tablespoon size balls like you would a cookie, like this....
Bake in a 350 degree oven till the tops are lightly browned (about 15 minutes for the cookie size, 20 minutes for the cake pan size)

Now all you have to do is slice your strawberries, and lightly dust them with sugar. Whip a pint of heavy cream with a little sugar and vanilla and you have dessert!
Now this Sunday I experimented with a little addition to the dessert, custard cream. It was an excellent addition! However, I want to tweak the recipe a little, so stay tuned for the perfected custard cream recipe!

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