Monday, October 5, 2009

Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake















Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake........its always the freshest and the best kind!
There is nothing fancy about this old time recipe. Mom would open the cupboard throw some ingredients into a bowl to make a dough, bake it into what we as kids, thought these looked like rocks, added fruit and whipped cream and it was an all time favorite dessert for years to come. We latter grew up and found out those biscuits with fruit were actually strawberry shortcakes. Although there were tons of versions including all kinds of cakes, this old time favorite, the biscuit, remains our favorite kind of dough to make as the real strawberry shortcake old fashioned style.
Dad would go to the strawberry patches in Upstate NY, fresh strawberry picking. He also had the job of taking out the stems, slicing, and getting them sugared. He would sit out on the patio and actually clean several quarts of these at a time, as we would all have a part in making this dessert. I of course was in charge of the whipping the cream at eleven years old... and yes, ate what was on the beaters! Oh those wonderful childhood memories! ( I still do that!! lol)








Strawberry Filling: 1 quart fresh strawberries 1/2 cup sugar or less , rinsed and cleaned cut in halves set aside for around an hour. Add about 4 tablespoons of water.



Making the dough fresh was always the best, we
would never be satisfied with anything but that crunchy, buttery tasting biscuit that had a flaky goodness.



Shortcake:




 2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter

3/4 cup cream or half and half
pinch of cinnamon .


















In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Soften butter in microwave for 20 seconds, and then cut into the mixture with a pastry cutter or fork. Cut into a course mixture mix till pea size starts to form. In the center of the mixture, form a well and pour the cream into it. Stir in only until the dough is moist. Till dough holds together, do not over mix. Let sit for a minute while you prepare and flour your board . Carefully turn the dough out onto the floured board, and knead it just a few times until it is just holding together and not quite so wet. Take care not to work the dough too much, or your shortbread will not rise well.

Roll dough out on a floured board, cut rounds 2 inch inches thick using a round biscuit or donut cutter.


















Bake till golden brown around 10 minutes on 425 degree oven. Cool split and serve with strawberries and whipped cream.



Whipped Cream:
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar










22 comments:

MaryMoh said...

looks lovely. Great for a party. I love something simple & quick.

My Little Space said...

Hmm..yum...shortcake & strawberries both my favourites! Thanks.

TheRamblingEpicure said...

I always enjoy old-fashioned recipes "revisited" -- especially the comfort food types -- like this one that bring back lots of wonderful childhood memories. My mother did the same thing, and until this day I prepare the strawberries the same way she did when I was a child. A few weeks ago, I prepared it for her, and when she tasted it, she said, "Oh, that's really good." I had to remind her it was her recipe.

It is nice the way you walk the cook through the recipe with close-up photos of the process.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Looks so yummy! I love strawberry shortcakes.

Family Cuisine Food And Recipe said...

Yummy ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

B said...

And I'm saving this recipe!

My Man's Belly said...

I already can't wait for Spring, now that I've seen this.

Jessie said...

oh my, I have such a soft spot for strawberry shortcake! I can just taste it from here

kiss my spatula said...

oh...this brings back such sweet memories of childhood - strawberry shortcakes were my absolute favorite! just perfect!

Two Girls Cooking said...

I love strawberry shortcake, but have never tried to make it myself. I will definitely give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Gori said...

wow, strawberries are just coming in right now and I've been dying to make the first shortcake of the season. This looks like a great recipe.

~Lisa~ said...

Deliciousness and pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Magic of Spice said...

These look perfect...I am allergic to strawberries, but I saved it any way:) Maybe I could just replace with another summer fruit.

Nicole said...

Don't you just love recpies from Mom... awesome.
Thanks for sharing.

Belinda @zomppa said...

What a great memory! I was Strawberry Shortcake in 2nd grade...

redkathy said...

I made biscuits tonight for Red and still have a few left over. Guess how we'll be eating those tonight :) BTW - Red leaves at 3 tomorrow for the UK, two more years of school. I made his favorite dinner and He's gonna love this for a late night snack! Thanks ♥

Tania said...

An easy strawberry dessert, strawberries are very tempting!

redev 10952 said...

This recipe brings back so many childhood memories-thanx for sharing it, I have never tried it with biscuits before, and can't wait.

Drick said...

another interesting one, your shortcake is kinda like a sweet biscuit...those berries are just perfect....and my part of helping out in the kitchen was licking the bowls and beaters too..

Claudia said...

You continue to amaze me. My shortcakes are always store-bought. I am such a lazy-bones. You are so wonderfully creative! The best way to use the summer bounty of berries.

Torviewtoronto said...

My favourite as well

FrenchPressMemos said...

I made Strawberry Shortcake for the first time from scratch last year using an Alice Waters recipe. I still make it and actually blogged about it over the 4th of July because it is such a summer treat, a traditional American staple, and always a crowd pleaser. On a different note, reading about your strawberry shortcake at 10pm made me ridiculously hungry!