Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Holiday Weekend: Dessert Time

So, maybe you forgot. Or maybe you didn't. But, this weekend is a holiday weekend. That means a 3-day weekend. Get ready for 4th of July, fireworks, and delicious food and desserts! 

The weekends are where the magic really happens. Weekends are like summer vacation. Like that last day of school you just couldn't wait for. We're not a total losers, we still have fun during the week. We just really like our weekends. 

This weekend Brandon and I have a 4th of July get-together on Sunday to attend, and this is what I'll be making. I've made this recipe before, and it's easy peasy. 

What are your plans for this weekend?  

Strawberry Shortcakes

What you'll need:
1 1/2 pounds (about 6 cups) fresh strawberries
1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for dusting
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Whipped Cream


Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make the sweetened strawberries: Hull and quarter strawberries; toss in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Let stand until syrupy, tossing occasionally, at least 20 minutes (and up to 1 day, covered and refrigerated).

In a food processor, combine flour, butter, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk; pulse just until moistened, 4 or 5 times. Do not over-process.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; with floured hands,gently pat dough into a 4-by-8-inch rectangle. Dust a large knife with flour; cut dough into 8 squares. Transfer to a baking sheet; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes; cool on baking sheet.

To serve, split biscuits with a serrated knife; layer with berries and whipped cream.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart 
for all your wonderful advice on yesterday's post
Means the world. 

9 comments:

  1. At first I thought those strawberries were red bell peppers, and I was very concerned for whomever was going to eat that "dessert" :)

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  2. This sounds delicious... will you save me some?! ;)

    We don't really have plans for this weekend, but I really wish that I could go home to Michigan for the 4th of July... it was always such a special holiday in the small town on the lake where I grew up! We might try and find some fireworks somewhere near us in Florida this weekend.

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  3. Can I come? Strawberry shortcake is E's FAVORITE and yours looks yummier than mine!

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  4. I love strawberry shortcake, it's one of my favorites!! We're also celebrating a long weekend here in Canada, our festivities are on the 1st and we're heading to watch the fireworks as well. I couldn't agree with you more, weekends are like summer vacations. I really like my weekends too :)
    Happy 4th of July and happy long weekend!
    xox

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  5. I love strawberry shortcake! Seriously one of my favorite desserts! Send me some? ;) XOXO

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  6. I love this dessert, its my summertime favorite, looks delicuous!!

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  7. Yummy, and perfect timing for strawberry season!

    xoShelly

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  8. This looks awesome! I've had an affinity for strawberries since before I could remember. Will have to try this recipe out this summer!

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