Strawberry Shortcake: A Summer Treat
It's strawberry season!
I think strawberries have got be one of my favorite foods. I will eat them here or there, in a box, with a fox, in a tree, so let me be (alone to eat strawberries)! (Sorry, I have Dr. Seuss on the brain right now.) Seriously though...they're grand, and Jane thinks so too. We spent some time together a couple of days ago making strawberry shortcake. The home-made kind mind you. Not the sponge-like stuff, covered in runny jello that you buy pre-made in the store.
We started everything off with slicing the strawberries and sprinkling a bit of sugar over them. I'm always hesitant to add sugar to strawberries. I think they are perfectly fine and sweet without it...but a little bit really does help to bring out the juices in the berries...so I do it for strawberry shortcake.
We used this recipe from Allrecipes as a guide for the shortcake. The difference is, I used butter instead of shortening. That is just a personal preference, I suppose. I think butter has more flavor, and the shortcake turned out delicious.
If you are going to make shortcakes with your 4 year old daughter, make sure she wears a black leotard, so that the mess she makes with the flour/baking powder mixture shows up really easy in the photo...just my opinion. Oh, and be sure that she isn't the one to cut in the butter. Grown-ups only please.
Stirring in the egg...
...and the milk.
This was Jane's favorite part of the process. Shortcakes are sooooo easy to make, and a lot of fun for kids.
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man...roll-em-up, roll-em-up, throw-em-in-a-pan.... Ok, I know, I'm cheesy. This is what comes from spending the hole week with my daughter.
Anyway, I added a little bit of sour cream to my whipped cream, just to give it a little tang. Cream cheese would be a nice add-in too.
20 minutes was enough time in my oven. The shortcake came out very moist and crumbly, and just slightly sweet.
This is what I had while Jane was taking a nap. The grown-up version...
...and the after-nap-snack child version.