This Sunday's recipe, chosen by Wendy of Pink Stripes was Strawberry Shortcakes (p. 130). Head over to her blog for the recipe and some really great photos. I'm sure everyone else had better luck with this recipe than me.
At first, I was going to skip this recipe because i was somewhat intimidated. Ask me to bake a cake and i'll jump at the chance. Ask me to bake three dozen cupcakes and they'll be baked and frosted in two hours.
Ask me to make a dough and, uh.... i might rethink the request. I dont like to make a pie crust (i have never been successful); heck, i struggled with puff pastry. So when I read that this recipe wasn't like the birthday strawberry shortcake, i hesitated for a moment. But I have to get over my fears sooner or later, right? So I did! To my surprise, the dough for the shortcakes formed rather quickly & easily. Instead of cutting into 2.5" squares, I used a 2.5" round glass and cut them into circles. I was a happy camper as I put my tray of shortcakes into the oven.
To my dismay I was right, yet again! My shortcakes were worse than biscuits! They didnt puff up like they were suppose to so i couldnt "fork-split" them when the time came. I tasted one just to see what it tasted like and it was a little on the dry & bland side. Let's just say... i would have had better luck if i cheated and sweetened up a pack of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits.
I did do something a lil different that made it edible & made it seem more like a strawberry shortcake. I sweetened up the strawberries like i was suppose to. I placed my "shortcake" on a plate, added some vanilla ice cream, added the strawberries, added one more spoon of ice cream.
Topped it off with some HOT FUDGE!
Voila, Strawberry Shortcake Sundae!
All the toppings made my "shortcake" a lil more enjoyable; albeit, I might have shoved it aside and ate everything else. =)
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