In Florida, strawberry season is not the same as the rest of the country. Florida’s strawberry season is in the spring. Walking through the produce aisle of the supermarket, I came upon a sale of fresh Florida strawberries, and they smelled delicious. Fact: if they don’t smell good they don’t taste good.
A celebration was in the planning stage and of course it includes food. My nieces and their friends had helped my Mom move stuff from a warehouse. To thank them for spending their Saturday working instead of going to the beach, I invited them to dinner. I made asparagus with butter and garlic, lamb chops with a secret Chinese spice, and mashed potatoes. I had to use the strawberries for dessert, they smelled so good.
I searched the internet for strawberry shortcake, strawberry tart, strawberry anything and found a recipe that looked appetizing and changed it a little.
Recipe link for recipezaar:
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup fresh crushed strawberry, unsweetened
1/2-3/4 cup crushed strawberry
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
FOR CAKE: Sift together: flour, salt, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Beat for a total of 3 minutes, scrapping the sides of the bowl.
Then add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with strawberries.
Beat for two minutes.
Pour batter into two 8-inch round greased and floured cake pans.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cake tests done.
Turn out on to wire cooling racks to cool.
When cool, top with Strawberry Glaze.
FOR STRAWBERRY GLAZE: Mix together all ingredients.
Use enough strawberries to thin mixture.
In Tia’s version, I did not use the glaze. I cut up some fresh strawberries, added sugar and Contreau and used these strawberries to fill the cake. I also made a fresh whipped cream frosting to lighten the cake up.
Whipped Cream Frosting
Small container of heavy cream
Dash of salt
Powdered sugar to taste probably less than ½ cup
¼ tsp vanilla
Mix the heavy cream until peaks start to form
Add a dash of salt
Add powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time until it is as sweet as you like, tasting as you add more sugar
¼ teaspoon of real vanilla
The rest of the dinner was also a success, but those recipes are for another day. I did not like the cake as much as everyone else; If it’s not chocolate, it is not worth the calories 🙂
Chris, Jackie, Noah, Alessio, Marcello and Katie, thanks for all your help.
What is your favorite way to eat strawberries?