This past weekend we were able to make the above harvest of our first strawberries from the patch we planted last year. We planted earliglow and sparkle. Earliglow do indeed mature first! We’ve since had two more bowls this size. I’ve always wanted to grow strawberries. Mom and I would always pick them and she’d make jam and great grandma’s shortcake and vanilla ice cream. In Pittsburgh there aren’t very many pick your own places and it’s hard to find local berries in stores. It’s all about the local berries people! So good!!
The first batch of berries called for a short cake–so here’s the recipe. It makes a very dry crumbly cake that’s not sweet. It must be served with ice cream. The doode’s tradition is to serve shortcake with whipped cream, but I do not know about that! Is non-possibile here I can tell you that much! But perhaps his mom’s recipe would work with whipped cream. This one does not.
Short cake (GRANDMA’S)
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 – 3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 2/3 cup flour
3 tsp. baking powder
Mom’s directions: cut shortening into flour,sugar salt and baking powder. mix egg and milk together and add to flour mixture. it will be lumpy -i use tin foil pan and spread it flat.
425 oven for 12min. it always takes 20-30 in my oven to cook all the way through. play by ear.
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