Friday, July 03, 2009


I had a quart of strawberries and two perfect peaches. I haven't enjoyed a dessert this much in years. I never make this sort of thing, but Danny is currently enchanted by The Pokey Puppy, and he really thinks the fact that they eat strawberry shortcake is a hoot. I hope he doesn't want rice pudding next-I can't stand over a double boiler in July. Anyway, this turned out to be fantastic. I adapted the recipe from the good old little red, not that little red book, silly! The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, 1950.

You Will Need:

For the cake:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted, cold butter
2/3 + cup whole milk
Extra butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Grease an 8 inch round pan.

Sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter until fine crumbs. Slowly add milk and stir until you have a soft dough. I use my hand for this because it is so very easy to go from too soft to too dry with a spoon.

Divide dough in half. Pat one half into the bottom and dot with about a tablespoon of extra butter. Top with second half and bake until lightly browned-about 12-15 minutes. Remove from pan, Cool slightly and carefully split. Fill and top with fruit. Add whipped cream before serving.

For the fruit:

1 quart strawberries, sliced
2 ripe peaches
1/2 cup vanilla sugar

Cover fruit with sugar and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or until fruit begins to give up juice. Stir well before using.


Raymond said...

Something I really love about your food photos: the backgrounds. Like in this ("Shortcake") photo, and the BGs of "Lavender Blueberry Ice Cream" and "Four and a Half."

So retro!

Goody said...


I don't have a very good eye for styling food, so I try to make up for that with interesting backgrounds. Most of the backgrounds are either construction paper I swipe from Danny's stash (like the lime sorbet) or printed sheets from scrapbooking stores. They cost about a buck each and can be re-used multiple times. Some are even two sided, so you get double the value.

I'm still getting used to the new camera, and everything it can do. I also have a problem with natural light (that is, there isn't much as we have a very dark, shaded home). I've tried playing around with a light box, but the best spot for my photography seems to be in the kitchen under a fluorescent light that is supposed to mimic daylight.Not great, but not terrible either.