Friday, June 13, 2008

old fashioned strawberry shortcakes

This is an amazing dessert. Once you've had the real thing you won't want to go back to those yucky spongy things from the grocery store!
1 quart strawberries, sliced
1/2 to 1 cup of sugar
fresh whipped cream whipped with a little vanilla & sugar
1/3 shortening
2 cups flour
3 Tblsp. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
Mix sliced berries with sugar and let stand for an hour or so- they'll make their own juice.
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder & salt; cut in the shortening. (I use a pastry cutter but a butter knife & fork will do- or a quick wiz in a food processor) Cut together until mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in milk just until blended. Gently smooth out the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Knead a couple of times be careful not to overwork it- that will make them tough, then roll to about 3/4 of an inch thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter- heart shaped cookie cutters work great too. Place an inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet & bake until just golden for 10-12 minutes. When they are cooled cut them in half & spoon strawberries then whipped cream into the middle & top.


Anonymous said...

Oh I love these! I forget about them. Thanks for putting the recipe up!--Megan

jakenapril said...

there is nothing like strawberry shortcakes made from scratch. no store-bought cake or spongy fake-shortcake will do. yum, yum, double yum! whoever thought up this dessert needs a big kiss!