Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays or cook and bake together with the same ingredient or theme each month.
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This month Kelly of Simply Inspired Meals is hosting the group as we shine the spotlight on strawberries. She wrote: "May is National Strawberry Month. Join us in creating recipes featuring strawberries as the star!" It was a timely invitation as I had just made a berry shortcake, by request, for my husband's birthday. Well, it was one of his requested treats. In any case, here's the strawberry line-up from the #FoodieExtravaganza bloggers...
- Barbecued Strawberry Chicken From Making Miracles
- Fresas con Crema From A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Korean Strawberry Milk From Tara's Multicultural Table
- Simple Strawberry Vodka From Food Lust People Love
- SOP Mocktail From Sneha's Recipe
- Strawberry Marshmallows From Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Strawberry Shrikand From Magical Ingredients
- Vanilla-Macerated Berry Shortcake From Culinary Adventures with Camilla
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When I asked Jake for any birthday requests last week, he asked for five different desserts, including 'strawberry shortcake'. Yes. Five. He also wanted an Upside-Down Mango Cake, Rhubarb Pie, a layer cake, and a cheesecake.
But at the strawberry shortcake request, I paused. The first thing that came to mind were these dolls from the 80s! I really disliked dolls; my grandmother tried and tried to get me fascinated with Barbie. But, when she bought me these dolls, I was moderately intrigued. I remember her being thrilled and she bought me every single doll in the series - Apple Dumplin, Rasberry Tart, Mint Tulip, Cherry Cuddler, and more. When I was a kid, I loved that the dolls' hair smelled. Now I wonder: What kind of awful chemicals made those dolls smell for so long!?!
Turns out that William Shakespeare used it as a character's name, in the early 17th century, in The Merry Wives of Windsor: Alice Shortcake. And, according to Driscoll's, the first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588 with a base more like a pie crust or biscuit.
In any case, I started asking around. "What do you think of when I say 'strawberry shortcake?'" Friends and family all had differing answers. Some said the base was a sweetened biscuit; others were adamant that the base was a pound cake. Most intriguing to me was an angel food cake. But Jake clarified that if I didn't want to an angel food cake, he pictured more of a pound cake. Done!
Also, when I went to the market, I found some beautiful organic strawberries and blackberries. So I decided to mix them.
- 1 cup organic strawberries, hulled and thickly sliced
- 1 cup organic blackberries, halved lengthwise
- 1 cup organic granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened + some for buttering baking pan
- 3 cups orgranic granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup organic plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla paste
- Also needed: whipped cream for serving; more berries for garnish; fresh mint leaves for garnish
Place the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat, over medium heat, swirling the pan until the sugar is dissolved completely. Once dissolved, add in the vanilla extract and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place prepped fruit in a bowl or container with a lid. Pour the cooled vanilla simple syrup over the fruit and let macerate for at least an hour or as much as overnight.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until lightened and fluffy, Approximately 5 to 6 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk in the yogurt and vanilla paste. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
Beat on low and slowly add the flour mixture. Beat until just moistened. Spoon batter into a buttered pan; I used a 10" square pan.