Monday, April 30, 2012

Perfect Strawberry Shortcake



Yum. This is really the most perfect strawberry shortcake. Would be wonderful for Mother's day. And it's not too hard, so you can have your hubby make it for you with the kids. I love to serve it to my friends and family. The most common comment I hear is, "Wow, this is really rad. So much better than angel food cake. You are a crazy awesome baker Natalie. And you look great in that apron."


Really. People say that. Almost verbatim. 


Can you see that cool color on the wall behind the pretty culinary delight? 
Just a little sneak peak to our new guest room......


Busy day Cake -
I would recommend doubling this if you want leftovers.
1/3 C shortening
1 3/4 C sifted cake flour
3/4 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3/4 C milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Place shortening in mixing bowl. Sift in dry ingredients. Add egg and half the milk. Mix until flour is moistened. Beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add remaining milk and vanilla; beat 2 minutes longer.
Bake in greased and lightly floured 8x8 pan. 375 degrees about 25 minutes or until done. Test with toothpick.
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Strawberry Sauce
I use Ina Garten's recipe for raspberry sauce, just replacing raspberry for strawberry and lemon juice for the liquor.
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup seedless strawberry jam 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions
Combine the strawberries, sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 4 minutes. Pour the cooked raspberries, jam, and lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until very smooth. Chill.
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Whipped Cream:
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
Top with strawberries macerated in sugar.




9 comments:

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Mmmm, this sounds super yummy! Thanks for sharing. :)

Christin said...

Thanks for sharing! Our local strawberries are extra good this year and I'm trying as many new strawberry recipes as I can this year.

Suzanne said...

That sounds super tasty, and a nice change from angel food cake! I am picking strawberries this weekend, so I will definitely be making this!

Taylor-Ann said...

My mouth is watering just looking at them. I bet they taste great in person. I would love if you shared them on my link party.

http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/hope-everyone-had-great-weekend.html

Can't wait to see what you make next.

~Taylor

Carrie said...

(in my best Oprah voice): You've been FEAAAATUREDDDD!!!

http://makinglemonadeblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/refresh-your-nest-31-plus-summer.html

Alyssa said...

This cake looks so good! I wish I had a piece now! I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/05/showcase-your-talent-thursday-5.html. I hope to see you there!

Connie said...

Hi Natalie: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, a new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine, too.
My boyfriend picked up a gallon of strawberries from a roadside stand two days ago. Seriously the best I ever eaten. By the time he got home with it 3/4 of it was gone. But what's left would be enough for this awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

This looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

It looks pretty perfect to me!

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