#76 – Strawberry Shortcake

#76 – Strawberry Shortcake

This is Recipe Roundup, episode 76. This week’s episode is less of a true recipe but more of a reminder that Strawberry Shortcake is one of the easiest desserts to assemble if you have to entertain or attend a potluck. With the availability of pre-made cakes, there is very little preparation needed for a LOT of fresh flavor pay off. 


Let’s talk about the cake first. My family opts for Angel Food Cake – it’s light and spongy texture is perfect for soaking up strawberry juice and it’s typically not sweet enough to overpower the fruit. However, you also have the option of the more moist pound cake. A little bit sweeter, pound cake is a great choice if you are looking for decadence in this dessert – and you can even switch things up with the flavor – Lemon poppyseed would add a great dimension to the dish! I’ve even had Strawberry shortcakes made with biscuits! This is a great option for a sweet breakfast or if you already have biscuits on hand. 


Now to the berries – this is the only serious prep you need to do. I am all for shortcuts, but I insist on using fresh berries – the premade syrup is too sweet and lacks the bite of real fruit. At least a half hour before you plan to eat the dessert, slice your strawberries at least into quarters and sprinkle with brown sugar. Mix it up and let the sugar work it’s magic! It will pull a lot of the juice out of the strawberries and make a lovely natural syrup.


Finally to the creamy component! Whip cream is my go to and there is no shame in going for a canister of whip cream – that being said, homemade whipped cream always tastes better. You can also opt for Ice cream which will add more heft to the dessert and is perfect for the end of a hot day. 


And that’s it! Let your guests put together the components and enjoy! Very simple, but the freshness of the berries really are the star of the show.

All of my recipes are online at alleghenymountainradio.org. You can share your own recipes with the show by sending them to sage@amrmail.org. For recipe Roundup this is Sage Tanguay.


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