Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake (sort of)

Spring and strawberries.

Strawberries and shortcake.

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Yum!

For Easter dinner, I wanted to make an old fashioned strawberry shortcake for dessert.   When I think of an old fashioned dessert, I always think of strawberry shortcake made with biscuits ( just like grandma’s).

First, make the biscuits.

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Ready for the oven.

Baking Powder Biscuits
slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour

3 c. flour
1 t. sea salt
1 T. baking powder
1 T. sugar
6 T. cold butter, cut into 1 tablespoon slices
1 c. vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a food processor.   Pulse a few times to mix dry ingredients.

Add butter and process until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.   Add almond milk and pulse until a soft dough forms.

Place dough on a floured surface and roll out to a 3/4 inch thickness.  Cut out biscuits.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re lightly browned.

Yield: about twelve 2 1/2-inch biscuits.

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Fresh from the oven.

The vanilla-almond milk gives these biscuits just a hint of dessert-like sweetness.   Now you need to prepare the strawberries. I bumped this up a notch from the basic sugared strawberries by adding honey and balsamic vinegar.

Honey-Balsamic Strawberries

16 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 T. sugar
1/4 c. local honey
1 T. balsamic vinegar

Prepare strawberries.  Toss with sugar and set aside.

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Heat honey slightly in microwave.   Stir in balsamic vinegar.  Let cool to room temperature and then toss with strawberries.

Split a warm biscuit, layer in some honey-balsamic strawberries….

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Of course, you have to top this off with some good old fashioned whipped cream.

I am currently reading The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather.

feast nearby

This book of loosely woven together essays reminds me of Barbara Kingsolver’s  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life  but in a less preachy, more philosophical and much more practical way.   In the second chapter, Mather talks about the first strawberry shortcake of the season and how it was a family tradition to have a supper of nothing but shortcake.   Her mother would make a huge biscuit that would feed the family of seven:

She made one big round of shortcake, split it while still hot, buttered it lavishly, and sloshed sugared sliced strawberries over the bottom half before replacing the top, buttering it and adding another sluice of strawberries.   We were invited to spoon more strawberries over our portions and to dress the shortcake with slightly sweetened whipped cream—made from heavy cream, not the kind that comes in a tub….It is a merry moment, strawberry-shortcake-for-dinner night.   (20)

Strawberry-shortcake-for-dinner night—why didn’t I think of that?

So far, I am loving this read.   Each essay/chapter is concluded with three or four recipes.   I have a feeling I will find some more inspiration from this book.

Last year The Hubs made this strawberry planter for me.

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This picture was taken last spring and unfortunately, only three plants made it through the winter.   We are currently in the process of replanting.   I am hoping to harvest enough for another batch of biscuit shortcake (or strawberry-shortcake-for-dinner night)!

 

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My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
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The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
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