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Homestead Cooking | Homemade Strawberry Shortcake {Seasonal}


Let's just take a moment to wallow in the pity together, shall we?

The horrible realization that strawberry season is quickly coming to an end.....oh, the horror!!

But with strawberry season ending, that means so many yummy veggies, peaches (one of my fave seasons!), and eventually apple's (another fave, even better than strawberries and peaches) , are well on their way into our kitchens!

With that said, I thought it only fitting to have a strawberry recipe as strawberry season slowly begins to die out this year.

You'll have to excuse me, I was a bit under the weather yesterday, so I didn't take a lot of photos. But this recipe is so easy that you don't need them.

I was also torn between the "southern style" shortcake or the "take me back to my childhood" shortcake. Clearly, I chose childhood. Plus, it was the easiest for a sick mama who just went strawberry picking that morning!


Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

(recipe altered from a Food Network recipe ages ago)
serves 4 people

You'll Need:
Strawberry "filling":
1 qt fresh strawberries
+ 1-2 tbs sugar

Shortcake:
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tbs sugar OR 3 tbs honey
3/4 tsp salt
1.5 cups heavy cream

Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
sugar
vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400*.
- Wash, top and quarter your strawberries. Place them in a bowl, toss with 1 tbs sugar. Add more if you'd like, but 1 tbsp is generally enough for fresh picked  strawberries.
- Set strawberries in fridge and allow to set for 30 mins (at least).

- Combine the remainder of your dry ingredients. Stir together.
- Add heavy cream to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Place mixture into an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until just barely golden on top (15-20 mins).

- Place heavy cream, sugar (start with 1 tbsp) and vanilla (start with 1 tsp) extract into a bowl. Whisk or mix with a hand blender until fluffy. I prefer the whisk, as it only takes about 5 minutes. Add more sugar and vanilla to taste if necessary. We prefer a less sugary whipped cream.

- Cut shortcake into squares. Place strawberry mixture on top of shortcake, and top it all off with some whipped cream.

Ta-da! You're done! How easy was that?

Happy Eating!


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