Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Strawberry Shortcake

I thought I'd share a recipe that's been used in my family for as long as I can remember. Every year when the local strawberries are ripe, I buy a flat and freeze some. Sometimes I make strawberry jam, but I definitely have to make a batch of shortcake since the berries are so sweet.

Strawberry Shortcake
Mix together with a wooden spoon 1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons shortening and 1/3 cup sugar. Add 1 egg and mix well. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Mix together the dry ingredients - 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and a dash of salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternating with 1/3 cup of milk. Mix until combined. If it's too stiff, add more milk (I almost always do, but no one ever changed the recipe).
Bake in a greased round or square 8 or 9" cake pan, sprinkling the top with sugar, if desired...or in muffin cups (approximately 8 muffins). I made a double batch to take to a party last weekend. I love mine served with sliced, sugared berries and milk. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Eat it fresh, or the next day. If you cover them with a towel, the sugar tops will stay crisp for awhile. If you store it tightly in a plastic bag, they'll still be delicious, but will get softer.
This is really good with peaches and other fresh berries also!


marsha said...

oooooh, i MUST try this! it's my daughter's absolute favourite!!! thanks for sharing this recipe!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, yum!

High Desert Diva said...


Hey Harriet said...

Yummo! Thanks for sharing your family recipe. I must try it as I do love strawberries :)

Walk in the Woods said...

Mmmmm . . .

My strawberries are quickly passing. I did manage to freeze a package for my mom yesterday - I'll take to her the next time I visit.

Gotta share the love!


Rosebud Collection said...

What a great recipe..I will have to copy this one..I copy everyone's recipes..the recipes on the blogs are the best. There is something so nice about making your own things and you know what is put into important today. Thanks..

Callooh Callay said...

These look great! I'll have to give it a try (this is the season after all, and our blackberries are almost ripe).

Regal Beads said...

oh, i want to go strawberry picking!

jodie nicholson said...

You're killing me with this recipe! I have such a sweet tooth and love stuff like this.
I'm blaming the next 5lbs on you.

Splendid Little Stars said...

If I bought a flat, I doubt any of them would ever make it to the freezer!