Strawberries

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Last week I told you we’d take a break so I could deliver some fun picnic pie recipes. I lied. Instead, I will share a strawberry shortcake recipe along with a few others. If you were looking to pick strawberries locally this year, Beaver Creek is closed. I heard that several folks went to Herron Lake.

Picking strawberries can be fun. Especially if you take a few friends. On the other hand, minding the younger kids who are more interested in eating than picking can prove to be a patience challenger. I opted for the quick and easy- bought strawberries on sale at the store, two flats.

At first glance, you might think that was dumb, but after you look at the amount of time you have to spend driving, the ghastly price of a gallon of gas, keeping your kids happy and entertained, and then your time picking… well, it just seemed quicker to me to drive down to Edgerton Food Center, buy two flats and call it a day.

Get to work

I have been married to Mr. B for over 30 years and have known him for 34 years. Mr. B is a highly productive person, so when he saw me bring home two flats of strawberries, he saw the “work” sign turn on. I was in no such mood to start topping strawberries. That was going to be peaceful after the grandson went to bed chore.

Nope! He insisted that the strawberries needed to be topped and sliced. I relented and told him to go ahead and top the berries, but he would have to stop there. I would slice and work on the jam in the evening. The evening of slicing and canning strawberry jam turned into a fiery adventure. I will save this story for next week.

Strawberry shortcake

I love strawberry shortcake. I don’t care for the sponge cake variety, just regular, good, old-fashioned strawberry shortcake dough. As a newly married housewife in 1992, I thought Bisquick® was a great all-purpose mix. Bisquick® was my favorite strawberry shortcake mix for years. Until I found this recipe from Lynette at Cleverly Simple, https://www.cleverlysimple.com/easy-homemade-strawberry-shortcake-recipe/.

Reading over her recipe, I thought it was quick and easy. All the ingredients were in my home, so nothing was going to stop me. I made up my adaptation to Lynette’s recipe. Her recipe inspired me to make some changes to suit my dietary demands- no sugar!

Homemade Honey Strawberry Shortcake- Michele Bruxvoort

Once again, my recipe was adapted from Lynette’s original recipe at Cleverly Simple.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons PLUS 1 tsp. honey*
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream- OH YES!

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425° F. Mix together your dry ingredients, and cut in butter with a fork into the dry ingredients. Mix the honey and heavy whipping cream in a separate bowl and then add to the dry ingredients until mixed- don’t over-mix. Spray a 9-inch pie pan and pat in the shortcake dough. Bake for 12-15 minutes. *Honey tends to brown bread and cakes quicker, so watch closely! Slice in pie wedges, and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and plenty of fresh strawberries!

A few more Strawberry Recipes

Image by RitaE from Pixabay

Enclosed below are a few more recipes from some cool cooking and baking sites. You’ll have to use your computer to check them out:

  1. Strawberry Bread- Taste Of Home https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-bread/
  2. Strawberry Jam- without pectin- Practical Self-Reliance https://practicalselfreliance.com/strawberry-jam-without-pectin/
  3. Strawberry Pie- The Pioneer Woman, https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a35917337/easy-strawberry-pie/
  4. Strawberry Lemonade- Tastes Better From Scratch, https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/strawberry-lemonade/
  5. Spinach Strawberry Salad- Yummly, https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Spinach-Strawberry-Salad-2711122?prm-v1
  6. Strawberry Sauce- Sally’s Baking Addiction, https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-strawberry-topping/

That should keep you busy for a bit! I went on a rabbit trail of sorts when I started reading about pectin and making jelly and jams. Stay tuned for my Pectin article. I think you’ll be surprised how much pectin is and isn’t in certain fruits!

Till next time! Here is to good food, good friends, and a good life.

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