Summer is here and there’s nothing more amazing than eating berries. Some of the best strawberries are available this time of the year. June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day! So grab some fresh locally-grown strawberries, whipped cream and whip up tasty Shortcake concoction of share with family and friends this day or any other day for that matter.
A quick walk down history reveals that in the 1900s, strawberry shortcake was served warm, split and slathered with butter, and filled with macerated strawberries. Just before serving, people would pour sweetened cream generously over the top. The pretty pink hue comes from the juices of the strawberries.
There are three important components in making a kick ass Strawberry Shortcake:
– Whipped Cream
– Fresh strawberries
For the best results use all the three components fresh. However, if you don’t have time for all three, use atleast 2 fresh components and you will have an amazing Shortcake dish on your hands.
There are many variations of whipped cream you can use – plain, orange whipped cream, lemon whipped cream, or coconut whipped cream. Whipped cream is one of the easiest things to make at home.
Biscuits require more time and effort. However, there are many mixes you can use to make them fresh but not from scratch. My easy simple route is to make whipped cream at home, use Trader Joe’s biscuits, and and use fresh local strawberries. My No fuss Strawberry Shortcake recipe that takes me less than 5 minutes to put together.
To make fresh whipped cream:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sugar
Combine heavy cream and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar while beating just until stiff peaks form. You can add 2 Tbsp Orange juice and 1 Tbsp orange zest if you want to make orange whipped cream.
Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
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