Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake

'Strawberry Shortcake/Cream On Top/Tell Me The Name/Of Your Sweetheart'

Aside from being part of a jump-rope rhyme i remember strawberry shortcake as being a special dessert and late-night snack my sibs and i would share. We didn't make the shortcake part from scratch and i have now been edified that we were in fact eating sponge cake. The late night chats were always fun, but as good as the desserts were, i can't help but think scratch ones would have been even better.

"The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake. Sliced strawberries are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit an hour or so, until the strawberries have surrendered a great deal of their juices. The shortcakes are split and the bottoms are covered with a layer of strawberries, juice, and whipped cream, typically flavored with sugar and vanilla."

"The top is replaced, and more strawberries and whipped cream are added onto the top. Some convenience versions of shortcake are not made with a "shortcake" (i.e. biscuit) at all, but a base of sponge cake or sometimes a corn muffin. Japanese-style strawberry shortcakes use a sponge cake base, and are a favorite Christmas or birthday cake in Japan."

"Though today's shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South."

"Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term "shortcake" often refers to shortbread in the UK."

Recipe For Strawberry Shortcake:
2 1/2 Cups Of Flour
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
6 Teaspoonfuls Baking Powder
1 Teaspoonful Salt
1/2 Cup Shortening [scant]
1 1/2 Cups Of Milk [about]
2 Baskets Strawberries
2 Cups Sugar

Work the shortening into the dry ingredients, and mix to a soft dough with the milk. Spread the dough into two buttered layer-cake pans. Bake in a quick oven. Spread with butter. Put the layers together with sugared berries and whipped cream between and above.

Text Credits: Wikipedia American cookery, Volume 24
Image Credit: By stu_spivack ([1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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