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Sweet Sweet Strawberries

So we have kind of been on a strawberry kick here at the Ensor household. When I say we I mean me, and the rest of the clan just follow in suit. It started last week when I went to the Farmer's Market and purchased the sweetest strawberries I've had in some time. I bought them with every intention of chocolate dipping them for a girlfriend and was also hoping to make a strawberry orange cake for Easter, but none of that happened. This is what really went down. I told myself I could eat one basket of strawberries and the remainder would be for the goodies I wanted to prepare. Thursday I had a rough go with Elsie after attempting to get professional portrait pictures done (JCPenny Portraits must die!!) so after her nap I figured we'd have a special treat and I melted some chocolate to dip the one basket I promised myself. Well that was Thursday and by Friday afternoon I had eaten the whole lot of berries (and chocolate!) Of course Micah and Elsie helped but I was the main culprit.
chocolate lipstick
 I think we discovered her new fave snack!

Let's just say that was the start of my strawberry kick, and now that I've started I can't stop. Shan made a delicious Strawberry tart for Easter and since then have had sliced strawberries in my cereal everyday. I made Strawberry Shortcake for Kate yesterday because we gardened and figured we deserved a special treat after, and special treat it was. I love strawberry shortcake and thought I'd share the recipe for you all to enjoy as well.
the only sad pic I have of Shan's awesome tart

6 cups of sliced starwberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup milk
Whipped cream (homemade of course)

Stir Strawberries with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside. Stir together remaining sugar, flour & baking powder.
Cujt in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Combine egg and milk;add all at once to dry ingredients.Stir just to moisten. Spread into a greased 8" round baking pan, building up the edges slightly. Bake @ 450 for 15 - 18 min. Cool in pan for 10 min. Remove from pan and split into two layers Spoon whipped cream and strawberries between layers and on top of cake. Serve immediately.
btw I made this in the morn for Kate and Micah and I finished off the cake by bed time. No bueno.

Ok I know this is so random but on my quest to find a new strawberry cake recipe I found these fun facts about strawberries.

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring
  • They are a member of the rose family
  • Americans each eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year (HA! I eat that in a month)
  • Long ago, strawberries were used as a medicine for fever, throat infections, bad breath, etc.
Now that I have you all craving some sweet sweetness, go get yourself some strawberries and either dip them, bake them, or top your cake with em'!

1 comment:

A* said...

I helped, and they were YUMMMMY!!