We’re celebrating a wonderful holiday on the Drive! It’s National Shortcake day! Woo!
Oh my goodness, we have so many awesome recipes for you! Check out some of these…
Here’s a recipe from my dude Alton Brown!
Here’s a very patriotic recipe!
Here’s a tropical twist on a wonderful classic!
Peaches and ginger? Count me in!
Also, lime and mango? I’m down!
And oh my word… this one is for Abby Fairless… glazed doughnut shortcake!
Check that one out here!
Here are some fun facts about shortcake!!!
- Shortcake is a sweet cake or biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda).
- June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day.
- Strawberry shortcake parties became popular in the United States around 1850, as a celebration of the coming of summer.
- The 2012 Pasadena Strawberry Festival featured the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The cake used 3,240 pounds of strawberries and 280 pounds of whipped cream icing.
- Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs. The dry ingredients are blended, and then the butter is cut in until the mixture resembles cornmeal. The liquid ingredients are then mixed in just until moistened, resulting in a shortened dough. The dough is then dropped in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, rolled and cut like baking powder biscuits, or poured into a cake pan, depending on how wet the dough is and the baker’s preferences. Then it is baked at a relatively high temperature until set.
We did a Strawberry Shortcake related trivia question today, and, wow, who knew there were so many Strawberry Shortcake characters?!
Our question was “can you name 2 of the Strawberry Shortcake characters other than Strawberry Shortcake herself?”
Congrats to Donna from Mt. Vernon for answering correctly!
Check out the full list of characters here!
Our word of the day is… ‘shortcake’! Huh. Whoddathunk?
noun short·cake \ˈshȯrt-ˌkāk\
a crisp and often unsweetened biscuit or cookie
a dessert made typically of very short baking-powder-biscuit dough spread with sweetened fruit
b : a dish consisting of a rich biscuit split and covered with a meat mixture
First Known Use: 1594
Thanks for listening!