My fiancé and I were just down in Florida for work and it was impossible not to notice that strawberry season had started! Not only do the prices drop but the berries get juicier, redder, and more fragrant. When I saw pallets (yes, pallets) of strawberries from Plant City, Florida at the Atlanta farmer’s market, I knew I had to incorporate them into a dessert. There is no better way to showcase strawberries than with strawberry shortcake!
Apparently I am not alone in my strawberry fervor. According to Roger Williams, founder of Providence in 1636, “[the strawberry] is the wonder of all the Fruits growing naturally in those parts.” The American Heritage Cookbooks tells us that, “From the time the colonist first discovered strawberries, a proliferation of Strawberry Shortcake recipes has sprung up.”
While the final product looks involved, like one spent hours in the kitchen, Strawberry Shortcake is one of the easiest baked desserts that I have ever made. The shortcake only took 5 minutes to get in the oven, and the rest of the preparations are done while the shortcake bakes. I halved the original recipe (shown below) and it generously served two. Easier than pie!