What is one advantage of lots of spring rain in Minnesota?
An abundance of beautiful and flavorful strawberries!
The boys were a lot of help picking the best, biggest, red ones.
While it was a lot of fun picking the strawberries (and eating them along the way if you ask my 1-year-old), I think it is even more fun to prepare them in different ways so we can fully enjoy the strawberry.
You can't find strawberries this perfect in the grocery store!
I usually like to involve the boys in any way I can when I bake or cook in the kitchen, and I figured chocolate-covered strawberries would be an easy way to involve them. (Well, actually only my 4-year-old was interested on this day).
Let's make them even cuter!
Let's see... what else can we do with strawberries?...
I've used this recipe a few times, it is amazing! It's from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food: Great Food Fast. I've adapted it just a bit.
2-1/2 Cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for dusting
1/3 Cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 Cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Cup milk, plus more for brushing on shortcakes before baking
sweetened strawberries (1-1/2 lb. strawberries, cut up and mixed with 1/4 C sugar - let sit)
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, 1/3 C sugar, baking powder, and salt; process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the milk; pulse just until moistened, 4 or 5 times. Do not overprocess.
2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface; with floured hands, gently pat the dough into a 4-by-8-inch rectangle. (This is a great time to allow assistance by little hands learning to use a ruler/tape measure!)
3. Dust a large knife with flour; cut the dough into 8 squares. Transfer to a baking sheet; brush each cake with milk or cream, then sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon sugar. Bake until golden, 25-30 minutes; cool on the baking sheet. To serve, split the biscuits with a serrated knife; layer with the berries and whipped cream.
Enjoy your strawberries! Stay tuned for blueberries next month...