Thursday, June 26, 2014
Summer and Strawberry Shortcake
Summer means fresh fruit! What a great time of year to make your own Strawberry Shortcake. Well, when I received my 3 - piece Bowl Set from Good Cook, sold exclusively at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Strawberry Shortcake was one of our first ideas for using our bowls.
Let me tell you a little about the bowl set and then I will share what we did to make our Strawberry Shortcake. The bowl set is actually a bowl, colander and a lid. The colander sits inside the bowl, so you can place fresh fruit in there and let the juices flow through. The lid is perfect once you have you fruit rinsed or cut up, you can store it in your refrigerator to chill. Start thinking watermelon! there are so many ways to use this set. You can use them all together, or you can drain your fruit in the colander and use the other bowl for mixing. What a great combination.
Now, on to our Shortcake. First of all, let me say, my family prefers to have fresh baked shortcake over store bought cake any time. First we brought home our strawberries, cut them up, and placed them in the colander. We rinsed them off and then replaced the colander in the bowl, popped on the lid and placed them in the refrigerator to chill. Next we pulled out the ingredients for our shortcakes.
• 2 cups flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 tsp soda
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4-1/2 cup butter
• 2/3 cup buttermilk
The first thing we did was make our own buttermilk. Much cheaper than buying it. Place 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add milk to the one cup line and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. You now have your own buttermilk.
Now, stir together your flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and sugar.
Cut the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.
Add in the buttermilk and stir gently with a fork.
Knead gently 5-10 times max. Do not overwork the dough.
Pat or roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into biscuits and place on an ungreased baking sheet. (We used a large cookie cutter.)
Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, until golden brown, making sure to check them with 5 minutes remaining.
Allow them to cool.
Now, pull out your strawberries and lightly mash them with the desired amount of sugar. Some people prefer them without sugar ad others like them super sweet.
Cut your shortcake in half and spoon some berries on the bottom half. Place the top on, add whipped topping a few more strawberries and you are done. Sometimes we make our own whipped topping, but this time we used store bought. It was really good! Hungry yet?
There, doesn't that look delicious? You can purchase one of these Good Cook 3 - Piece Bowl Sets from Bed Bath and Beyond. Oh, one of my neighbors can win this giveaway and receive one of these great bowl sets for themselves. Let's share, share, share this giveaway!
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