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Shortcake platedGrowing up, we always had an abundance of strawberries during the summer months. My mom made strawberry shortcake at least once a week.

At the end of a long, hot, hard day of working on the farm, a serving of shortcake soaking up sweet strawberry juice and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream was a little bite of summer heaven.

Although I shared the recipe at the back of my recent release, Farm Girl, I thought I’d also share the recipe here today along with some photos!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Start by mixing together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Set aside. Cream butter then add egg and whip until light. Add sugar and mix well.

Start by mixing together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Set aside. Cream butter then add egg and whip until light. Add sugar and mix well.

Mix in vanilla then alternate mixing milk and flour until well blended.

Mix in vanilla then alternate mixing milk and flour until well blended.

Spoon batter into a 9x13 baking pan that has been greased and floured (or sprayed with non-stick spray). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Spoon batter into a 9×13 baking pan that has been greased and floured (or sprayed with non-stick spray). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Wash berries, remove stems and hulls and place in a bowl. I cut mine into pieces and chunks.

Wash berries, remove stems and hulls and place in a bowl. I cut mine into pieces and chunks.

Mash them until they are juicy, but not pulverized like you would for jam. Sprinkle on sugar, stir and let rest for at rest for about 10 minutes.

Mash them until they are juicy, but not pulverized like you would for jam. Sprinkle on sugar, stir and let rest for at rest for about 10 minutes.

Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge until ready to serve.

Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, place a piece of cake on a plate, drizzle with berries and top with ice cream. Yum!

When ready to serve, place a piece of cake on a plate, drizzle with berries and top with ice cream. Yum!

Strawberry Shortcake

¾ cup sugar

½ cup butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup milk

2 tsp. baking powder

2 cups flour

4-6 cups of strawberries

½ cup sugar

Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour and baking powder, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together ¾ cup sugar and butter, then add egg and vanilla extract. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to the bowl until batter is well blended.

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan and bake until top is a light, golden brown.

Cool completely.

Wash and hull strawberries, placing them in a large bowl. Mom always used a potato masher to break them down a little. You don’t want to pulverize them, just mash them enough they get good and juicy and break into nice little pieces. Stir in ½ cup of sugar until sugar dissolves then let rest for at least 10 minutes.

When ready to serve, cut slices of cake then top with strawberries and a scoop of ice cream.

She Who Loves the Tastes of Summer

 

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I love strawberries. Almost as much as raspberries.

One summer-time treat I can’t pass up is strawberry shortcake – in most any variation. Have you noticed some people use biscuits for the cake. Others use actual cake. My Mom always made shortcake from scratch. It was dense and sweet and often made me think she had baked a pan of cornbread from the look of it, but the taste was all shortcake.

On occasion, if Grandma had been baking pies and there was leftover crust, she would roll the crust into a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake until a light golden brown. Then she would break the crust into bite-sized pieces and layer it with fresh sliced strawberries that she had smooshed a bit release their juice and ice cream. I kid you not, it is delicious. Especially if you pour a little of the juice over the top of the whole thing. You could also use whipping cream. It also tastes divine but my favorite is vanilla ice cream.

So you need pre-baked pie crust. Whip up a batch with my Vodka Pie Crust  recipe. It is easy and so flaky. Then just layer it in a bowl with berries. You can put them in whole but I think they taste best when you slice them, sprinkle on just a bit of sugar and smoosh them just a bit. Then top with vanilla ice cream. Continue layers and pour a bit of strawberry juice over the top. Give the berries just a minute to soak into the crust and the ice cream to soften and then attempt to stay upright as your knees turn into a jello-like substance as bliss overwhelms you and your taste-buds start applauding.

She Who Needs to Make Some Shortcake

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