Monday, May 9, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake

Happy Monday guys!  How was everyone's weekend?!

Well, mine was... lucky!  I went to the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and ended up winning around $40.  My strategy?  Betting on food-related horses!  Worked on 2 out of the 3 races that I bet on.  Besides a sun-burnt face, we had a pretty good time!  We went to a Derby party on Saturday (of which I brought Derby Pie fudge - which was a hit! - recipe soon to come) and just got to see some friends we haven't seen in a while.   We did a Kentucky Derby pool and I won that too!  Another $45 in my pocket!  So needless to say, I'm feelin' like a lucky girl, right now!

Anyway, let's talk Shortcake.  Growing up, my family's version of a Strawberry Shortcake was cutting up some strawberries and putting them in one of those bowl-shaped Angel Food Cake things they sell at the grocery and topping it with some Cool Whip.  You guys know what I'm talking about right? 

I mean, don't get me wrong, it was good, and one of my favorite treats as a kid.  But looking at one of those packages of Angel Food Cake "things" (I say things because I haven't the slightest idea what they're actually called - if you do, feel free to let me know!) now, I see that it's just loaded with sugar and ingredients I can't even pretend that I know how to pronounce!  I never knew what a proper strawberry shortcake was like.  You know... with some actual shortcake (or as I like to think of it - a sweetened biscuit)



1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
1 egg
1/3 cup milk, plus extra for brushing
1/2 vanilla bean


5 to 10 large strawberries, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon sugar

Whipped Cream:

1 cup Cool Whip (or you could make your own - but I gotta keep some things from childhood, right?)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Preheat oven to 450F.

In a small bowl, combine sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes to release juices.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean.  Cut in butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

In a small bowl, combine the egg and milk.  Add to flour mixture and stir until mixture comes together.

Knead dough a couple of times, adding more flour if mixture is too wet.

Roll out dough to 3/4 inch thickness and cut into 4 equal squares.  Place on a greased baking sheet.  Brush tops of biscuits with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown and cooked through.

Cool to room temperature and cut each biscuit in half.  Place a layer of strawberries on bottom half of biscuit and top with Cool Whip.  Place top half of biscuit atop of Cool Whip and try to restrain yourself from gobbling up the whole thing in less than a minute!

This is such a simple and fulfilling dessert that I wish I just had an overabundance of strawberries so I could eat it all spring/summer long!  I have a feeling that I'll be doing this almost weekly =)

Have a great rest of your Monday guys!  The weather is nice 83F and sunny sunny sunny - so we're heading out to the back deck to grill some burgers!


  1. Oh, it's veen way too long since I had strawberry shortcake. I have to make that :-)

    My best

  2. Yum! Anything strawberry related is tops in my book!

  3. Yay congrats on winning $85! And YOUR strawberry shortcake looks so good. It seems like you had a nice weekend. :-)

  4. Congratulations on your winning; smart girl; stick with foodie names. Great looking strawberry shortake you made; I need a taste.

  5. Yum. My mom used to make strawberry shortcakes for us with buttermilk biscuits & I remember them being the most fresh & delicious desserts!

  6. That strawberry shortcake is spilling over with happiness!

  7. Oh, this looks delicious! I adore fresh strawberries and cream and sweetened biscuits... Yum! I'll be making these soon!

  8. wow...looks divine...kudos to you dear..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. I haven't had strawberry shortcake in forever. Looks so delicious...Congrats on your winning...I have terrible luck when it comes to gambling.

  10. I watched derby, the horse who won the race is not expected by anybody. love your strawberry shortcake. awesome color.

  11. You read my mind! I haven't made shortcake since I realized that Bisquick mix has trans fat in it :(

  12. As u said, a simple but yummy looking dessert and congrats on ur win dear...

  13. Lucky you...with the $40 winning, nice weather and delicious strawberry shortcake. I wish that I can have these all too... The winter chill is coming to Melbourne and it seems so long for summer to appear soon...

  14. I'm glad I tweeted you for this option, it looks really good!

  15. Congratulations $45...*^^*
    It's hot summer here. I feel like a glass of cool strawberry smoothy and this shortcake.

  16. Mmmmmmmmm, I have not had this in years, can I join you? Diane

  17. I typically but those angel food cake things from the store but making my own shortcake looks like such a good idea! It looks scrumptious!

  18. Mmm there is nothing better than strawberry shortcake and this recipe looks fantastic! Love your pictures as well! :)

  19. haha the REAL version of strawberry shortcake is definitely vastly different from what I thought it was as a kid, as well! This looks delicious though...way better than those angel food cake THINGS of yore.

  20. Love the strawberry girlie and delicious...congrats on your win.

  21. Strawberry shortcake makes me feel like summer is right around the corner. This looks so pretty and I am SO craving it now :-)

  22. Congrats, this looks wonderful! I love strawberry shortcakes and you made it very tasty!!

  23. i love shortcake this looks fabulous
    wonderful job Peggy

  24. Oh, THIS is how I had strawberry shortcakes growing up ... with BISCUITS and boy could I use one right now! :D

  25. Beautiful dessert. My family loved to do the cake cups from the store for that takes me back.

  26. Oh, it's lovely i love strawberry and this looks fabulous. Beautifully done!