Strawberry Shortcake, a sure sign that summer is here. Those big, sweet, vine ripened strawberries just make my mouth water. When growing up in our small town of Marysville Washington, the strawberries were coming ripe just about time for school to be out. I could not wait for the yearly strawberry festival, knowing that Strawberry Shortcake would be available everywhere in town. Just the thought of Strawberry Shortcake brings back such fond memories.
2 cups Flour
3 Tablespoons Sugar
3 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp of each Baking soda and salt
6 Tablespoons Unsalted butter, chilled
2 Tablespoons All-vegetable shortening, chilled
2/3 to 3/4 cup Buttermilk
Shortcake Filling2 pints Fresh Strawberries
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 pint Heavy cream, whipped
2 Tablespoons Powdered sugar for garnish
Oven Temp ~ 450°
Baking Time ~ 18 -
Pan Type ~ 9-inch ring mold (or an 8-inch cake pan).
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl.
Cut the butter into 1/2-inch slices. With a pastry blender cut the butter
into dry ingredients until butter pieces are the size of lima beans. Cut
in the shortening until mixture looks like coarse meal.
Slowly stir in buttermilk with a fork until mixture forms a dough that leaves the sides of the bowl. Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured board, about five to six times until the dough holds together (it should be soft).
With a lightly floured hand, pat to one-inch thickness and pat into ring mold. Bake Strawberry Shortcake until golden brown. Remove from oven and place onto rack, cool for 5 minutes, then invert from pan onto another wire rack, baked bottom side up.
Cool before filling.
Did you say you're on a diet?
No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?
Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.
Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.
And when you're out of breath and panting.
Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!