Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Conversational Dessert

Today, when one of my friends tipped me off to the good deals on strawberries at our favorite supermarket, I knew it was time for strawberry shortcake.

Shortcake is a dessert frequently seen in our household. It's probably the only food my husband really gets excited about, and it's incredibly easy to make. It's a winner on all fronts.

In the summer when good deals on berries abound, this appears on our table with unhealthy frequency.

Tonight my conversation partner came over for dinner. With the constant pressures of school bringing us down, I thought this would make a great end to our meal of pasta.

Strawberry Shortcakes

For the shortcakes:
I just follow the recipe on the jiffy baking mix box
(sadly, this is one of the crutches I learned from my mother--Jiffy baking mix makes so many things easier with it's hydrogenation and other superfluous chemicals)

For the strawberries:
A few hours before you want to eat: slice 1 pound of strawberries and mix in at least 1 TBS of white sugar

For the cream:
Whip a small container of heavy whipping cream with 1 TBS of white sugar until in magically transforms from a liquid to a solid (that's chemistry folks!)

Layer in any order you prefer (we usually go with shortcake -strawberries - cream - mint sprig)

white sugar, jiffy mix, strawberries in March?? This is going to loose all my street cred with the locavores.


Tom Page said...

Yumm ... strawberries. I think I've actually had this dish at your house. It was quite tasty. You'll have to treat me to it again sometime. =)

Bethany said...

I keep trying to lure you over for my fabulous food!

Blanchardlawn said...

I did it!