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Fellow participants, I have one word for you: strawberries.
They’re in season in June and July here in southern Ontario. My grandmother serves strawberries, milk, and sugar to relatives as a light supper on hot days when no one is that hungry and she doesn’t want to heat up the kitchen.
Most of the time, I slice them up and eat them plain. They’re so sweet and juicy that they really don’t need the extra sugar in my opinion.
Occasionally, though, I make my family’s shortcake recipe and eat it with almond milk and sliced strawberries.
This is a pretty forgiving recipe. You can use half the sugar if you’re serving it someone who needs to watch their sugar intake. It works well with many different combinations of flour, fats, and types of milk, too, so feel free to play around with it if you need to avoid certain ingredients for whatever reason.
I should warn you that the shortcake this recipe makes is denser than what you might find in the store, though. Think something heavier, not a fluffy baked good like angel food cake. It’s made that way on purpose so that the shortcake will soak up all of the milk you’re about to pour on it and gradually crumble into cold, soup-y deliciousness as you reach the bottom of the bowl.
2 1/2 cups of flour (i generally use half whole wheat and half white, but 100% white flour works well, too)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk (soy or rice milk works well, too)
2 tablespoons butter (oil or margarine works well, too)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir the three dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, and melted butter together in a separate bowl.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Mix everything until it’s moist, but be careful not to overmix it. The batter might look a little lumpy. That’s okay.
Pour the batter into a greased 8 or 9 inch cake pan. A square 8×8 pan also works fine for this recipe.
Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. You’ll know it’s finished when you can stick a butter knife or toothpick into the shortbread and have it come out again without any batter sticking to it.
Serving Size and Presentation
This will make about nine servings of shortbread depending on the size of your pan.
Serve with sliced strawberries, a sprinkling of table sugar, a little bit of milk, and (optional) whipped cream.
I nearly always choose strawberries for this dessert because I love them so much, but this also works nicely with other types of berries if anyone reading this dislikes or is allergic to strawberries. Like I said before, there is plenty of flexibility in this recipe. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy it so much!
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Thanks for coming by earlier! I LOVE strawberries… they are my favorite berry by a mile. I’m going to try your shortcake recipe. Here in the south, strawberry shortcake is sometimes made with biscuits instead of a soft cake. And, I love whipped cream on mine. I’ll also try them with milk..that’s new to me.
You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Strawberries are the best. Are they still in season in your area?
I love Strawberry Shortcake. So good. Thanks for the recipe. I’m not good at the cake part, but who says I can’t try again? Lol!
Heh, I hope this recipe works well for you!
I love strawberries, although I forgo the shortcake. I don’t like soggy/wet bread/cake, so I just have berries and whipped cream in my bowl.
Berries and whipped cream is a delicious thing to eat!
This sounds like a yummy recipe, thanks for sharing! I do love strawberry shortcake.
I haven’t had strawberries in milk in ages, but it was a favorite childhood treat for me. Strawberries over vanilla ice cream is one of my favorite summer desserts, too (either with or without the chocolate syrup over the top… 😉 )
Strawberries over vanilla ice cream sounds so refreshing! I need to try that sometime soon.
Yummy!! I got a recipe from another blog challenge which I am going to try for supper and now you have supplied me with dessert! Thank you so much for sharing!
Here’s my blog challenge. https://www.tenastetler.com/pizza-favorite-food-and-how-i-use-it-lsr-wednesdayblogchallenge-7-31-19/
You’re welcome. I hope you have a delicious dinner!
My favorite fruit! And your so right that the shortcake base should be biscuit-like, not a spongy cake. Thanks for sharing this.
Heh, I’m glad you agree. And you’re welcome.
Arrgh!! I can’t believe I was in such a hurry I committed a cardinal writing sin. YOU’RE right.
LAS staff, please don’t revoke your fabulous review of my novel!
No worries! I’m sure they won’t mind. We all make typos sometimes. 🙂
Strawberries are indeed yummy (and versatile)!
For sure. 🙂
Oh how I love strawberry shortcake, but it’s off my diet unless I am really bad.
I’m sorry to hear that. Are you still allowed to eat regular strawberries?
I love strawberries, but am a terrible baker. I’ll have to try again.
Good luck! I’m rooting for you.