SUMMER TYME AND THE LIVING IS MISERABLE
100 degrees plus in Fredericksburg, VA. I believe it will be a record setting temperature. Are you as ready for Fall as I am? But before summer is over and the fresh strawberries are gone, I just had to share this recipe. A group of us gave a baby shower for my best friend's daughter recently. She is having twins, so believe me, she needs a shower or two. It was my assignment to do the desserts, something I truly love to do. One of the recipes I made is a cookie called Strawberry Shortcake. I'm pretty sure it is a Martha Stewart recipe, but because I rip recipes out of magazines and just stuff them in a chest that has drawers full of recipes, I'm not sure. Anyway, it is beyond delicious. If you love strawberries you must give this a try. You won't be disappointed.
12 ounces of strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4 inch dice (2 cups)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 1 tbs granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
3 ounces (6 tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375. Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 7 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, or rub in with your fingers, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream until dough starts to come together, then stir in strawberry mixture.
Using a 1 1/2" ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing evenly apart. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, and bake until golden brown, 24 to 25 minutes. I set the baking sheet on a cooling rack for a few minutes before taking them off. Then I let them cool completely on the cooling rack. They are delicate, so be careful. Serve the same day if possible, but they will keep a day. I put them in an air tight container and stored in the refrigerator. I don't know how long they will keep, because they didn't last long. The recipe said to store at room temperature, but I put the few that were left in the refrigerator. ENJOY!!
"WITCHVILLE" is coming along nicely. Will share soon with another new design.
Many Happy Stitches,