Did you know that (at least in our house) the 11th wedding anniversary is the Strawberry Shortcake Anniversary?
Well, that’s what we officially decided this year – it’s much tastier than the traditional gift of steel. (Seriously, steel? What would you give each other? car parts? appliances? skyscrapers?)
Hubs was in charge of our dinner (just cause I didn’t want to mess up this special night), and I was in charge of dessert. We both love strawberry shortcake, so I decided to give it a try.
Strawberry Shortcake, adapted from Sweet Caroline’s Kitchen
1 lb strawberries, stemmed and quartered
4 T sugar, separated (2 T each)
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
1 1/2 c half n half
Mix strawberries with 3 tbsp. sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 T sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add half n half and mix until just combined. Place mixture in a greased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 15 to 18 minutes.
Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly.
Cut into pieces, slice horizontally, add lots of berries and whipped cream to taste.
Note to self: Read a recipe completely before shopping for ingredients. Just because you want to take a short cut, does not mean you can skim the ingredients and directions list!
Let me explain… Caroline’s recipe called for making your own whipped cream, which normally I would’ve done. But I was a little busy that day redecorating our play room, cleaning house for visitors, and all-around corralling children. So, I knew I was going to cheat by getting the spray whipped cream. When I looked at the ingredients list, I assumed the heavy whipped cream originally listed was for that, not for the cake itself. When I actually went to make the recipe that night at about 7, I realized my mistake, and had to substitute half n half for the cream.
This did not ruin the recipe (yay), but I think it didn’t turn out exactly as fluffy and rich as Caroline’s.
It also poofed up a lot in the oven. Thank goodness it calmed down a bit before serving. The flavor was pretty good and it did soak up the strawberries. Let’s be honest, though, it’s really just all about the strawberries, anyways.
(Side note: I may have regretted the fake whipped cream for a short while – until I got to spray it in my four-year old’s mouth. I sprayed a little too much and he couldn’t even close it. It was hilarious watching him figure out what to do. )
Since the strawberries were so fresh and delicious, all was well.
And we enjoyed our special dessert.
I think all anniversaries should be associated with some sort of dessert.
I’m voting Molten Chocolate Cake for our 12th.
What do you think?