Short and sweet

June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Steve Gordon

If you think strawberry shortcake is one of those little pre-packaged cake cups and a bag of flavored syrup you find in the grocery store, then you just don’t know what you’re missing. You’ll love this rustic strawberry shortcake recipe, adapted from a 1928 cookbook with it’s crusty bread layers and sugared fresh strawberries. Just add whipped cream topping and dig in.Prep Time: 45 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour, 15 minutesYield: 6 ServingsIngredients2 ½ cups of All-Purpose Flour2 cups of Strawberries prepared with sugar3/4 cup of Whole Milk.1/3 cup of Shortening, Crisco etc1 Egg.4 teaspoons of Baking Powder2 Tablespoons of Sugar1 teaspoon of Salt1 container of Cool Whip or Whipped Cream of choiceInstructions
Place all dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a sifter. Sift into a large mixing bowl.Break egg into the measured amount of milk. Whisk together.Pour the milk mixture into a well formed in the flour mix.Use a fork and stir together to form a dough.Remove from bowl and place on a floured counter top or board.Knead the dough until smooth.Shape the dough into a ball, pat into a circle about one inch thick.Cut the circle into half.Shape each half into a ball. Let dough rest for a few minutes.Flour the surface again. Roll out each half into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick or just pat out by hand.Grease a baking sheet or baking pan with shortening.Place the rolled out flour dough into the pan.Sprinkle the top generously with more flour. Brush away any lumps.Roll out the remaining dough ball and place on top of the first already in the pan.Bake at 400 degrees for about 25-35 minutes, until done.Remove from oven, place pan on towel or rack and let cool about 5 minutes.Carefully lift the top layer up from the bottom layer and set aside.Brush the inside parts of both layers generously with butter.Place the two pieces back together.Cut in half lengthwise, then into thirds to make six servings.Place the bottom layer of one section on a serving plate.Top with sugared berries and lots of juice.Add a good scoop of whipping cream.Top this with the top layer of the cake.Add more berries and juice, a little more whipped cream and, then garnish with a fresh Strawberry, fan sliced.Serve and Enjoy!NotesPrepared strawberries with sugar
We suggest you use 1 cup of sugar per one quart of fresh strawberries for this recipe. Strawberries must be capped, washed, sliced and combined with sugar.This recipe is adapted from the cookbook titled “Southern Cooking” by Mrs. S. R. Dull. Publised by Grosset & Dunlap of New York. Copyright 1928 by Mrs. S. R. Dull of Atlanta Georgia. Second Printing, 1941.