Sunday, June 15, 2008
Strawberries for the dads~
A baker I am not, but I do enjoy making this strawberry shortcake for a special occasions. Tonight we had both of our parents over for dinner (pork tenderloin, roasted squash, salad, and grilled garlic toast) to celebrate Father's Day. Recipe is from Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook, not the neweset version, but the one I got many years ago. I have the newer one, too, and the recipe is different; it might be as good, but I love the original formula!
Tonight's cake differed slightly from our usual treat as my cake pans have walked away, no where to be found, and I had to use a pie tin instead so the cake isn't quite as tall as it should be. It was still mighty tasty and all that is left on the platter is crumbs.
Happy Father's Day to all dads!
Here's the recipe, I am copying this exact as the book states, although I don't do the final three ingredients with the asterisks next to them....
6 cups fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened*
1 cup whipping cream* ( I substitute good old Cool Whip here )
2 tablespoons sugar*
Clean, hull, and half strawberries and put into a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and stir together, set aside.
For shortcake, thoroughly stir together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the 1/2 cup butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine beaten egg and milk; add all at once to dry ingredients and stir just to moisten. Spread dough in a greased 8 x 1 1/2- inch round baking pan, building up edges just slightly. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 15 - 18 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Split into 2 layers; lift top off carefully.
(I omit these next steps and use Cool Whip instead of making whipped cream) If desired, spread bottom layer with the softened butter or margarine. Whip cream and 2 tablespoons sugar just to soft peaks.
Spoon berries and whipped cream between layers and over top.