Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Strawberry Shortcomings

Posted by - Rena

My name is Rena. I like bread products and I have no self control.

I had a big decision to make for this challenge. I put this off till the end of the month because I had my 20th high school reunion two weekends ago. No one needs extra pounds for an event like that. I had actually lost a bit of weight before the big weekend so I wasn't going to ruin it till it was over. I'll just say there were cupcakes involved in the post-weekend celebration.

I wanted to make biscuits for something else I was cooking this week. I couldn't possibly make biscuits AND shortcakes because that would be too much for me. It would be Breadfest 2010 over at casa Gray. So, I decided to skip the shortcakes and use the biscuits for the dessert. I figured it's all bread, it's all good - what could go wrong? Nothing really went wrong but the biscuits felt out of place on the plate. I don't actually know what the shortcakes are supposed to taste like since every time I've eaten this it's been made with angel food cake but I'm guessing they are a bit sweeter than these were.

The rest was pretty straight forward. I sprinkled a little sugar and lemon juice on the strawberries but not too much. I added some powdered sugar and vanilla beans to the whipped cream. I love using vanilla beans now that I don't have to pay $4 a bean! (thank you ebay) The only issue I had with the whipped cream is that my hand mixer went wonky on me and stopped working. I guess it served me well considering it cost $6 and lasted for a few good years. I had to whip the cream by hand. Clearly I need to spend even more time in the gym. We'll leave it at that.

It was very tasty! It's the perfect dessert for this time of the year because it's so light and you can sit on the couch 3 hours later dipping the rest of the strawberries in the vat of whipped cream. The gift that keeps on giving.


ellebee said...

Yum! Looks absolutely delicious. I'm glad the reunion is over and you are able to enjoy desserts again!

Jessica said...

Yum, yum, yum!! Vanilla bean in the whipped cream, what a wonderful idea!!

shriya said...

wow that sounds delicious, definitely an yummy recipe and it looks inviting.

Jen said...

I am with you on no self control!
I was wondering, about the biscuits rather than cake...hmmm

Sweet and Savory said...

I loved reading your post. I think, I relate too much because, I was smiling.

Your biscuit - shortcakes look great. It has be be the vanilla bean in the whipped cream.

Joanne said...

I think the biscuit is a nice twist on these. It could add a bit of salty to the super sweet whipped cream and strawberries!

Alwayzbakin said...

Pretty as a picture!