Thursday, June 9, 2011

How Do You Make Strawberry Shortcake?

Finally, this year's strawberry season has hit central Pennsylvania. I was getting a little antsy as it is about 2 weeks later than usual. Strawberry season is like Christmas for your taste buds. For 3 glorious weeks we don't have to buy strawberries trucked in from California at the grocery store. Instead we head to the local U-Pick strawberry patch where the berries are brilliant red and taste divine.

I headed out yesterday morning around 10 with my girls. They were gung ho at first to pick the berries, but that tapered off quickly as the sun started to blaze. "Mommy, I'm hawt", "Mommy, I firsty", cried my flushed three year old. So I opened the doors of the van and they sat with their legs dangling out the back door as I quickly picked a 4-qt box. Far from my normal 16 quarts that I usually pick every year. But I was melting too, so I will try to go back without the kids this weekend.

Four quarts of fresh, local berries will be eaten very quickly at our house. I'm not even going to bother making jam with it or even try to freeze them. We'll be eating strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner until they are gone.

You won't find me cooking too much from a box mix here on Family Balance Sheet, but nothing conjures up sweet childhood memories than shortcake made with Bisquick. It is how my grandmother made shortcake, my mother and now myself. The simple recipe is on the box and it includes the Bisquick, sugar, melted butter and milk.

MMMMMM...the shortcake is covered with strawberries and cold milk and I enjoyed every single bite.

How do you make strawberry shortcake? Let us know in the comments. If you are a blogger, please include a link to your recipe.

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  1. Yum! We usually go strawberry-pickingon Mother's Day. Been doing it for 4 years, but accidentally forgot this Mother's Day and we did it the Monday after. I've never made shortcake part. With or without Bisquick. I have been saying that I was going to make the homemade equivalent of Bisquick but haven't done that either... Yours looks yummy!

  2. Yummo! We enjoyed our strawberry festival two weeks ago. The Pungo strawberry festival in Virginia Beach is great fun. I'll have to give this recipe a try. Thank you.

  3. I don't make the shortcake part. My family prefers the Mary Jane cups (Sponge cake cups made to hold fruit). I like either the biscuits or the mary jane cups. I am anxiously awaiting the u pick season here in NY!

  4. My strawberry shortcake has been a yellow cake, a bunch of sugared strawberries and homemade whipping cream. Super easy and so delicious!! My grandmother's strawberry shortcake was pie crust, broken into big pieces, and served with cream & berries!! Too die for but too time consuming for me most days... :-)

    1. Yellow cake! That's what I've been looking for. I like those sweetened little cakes they sell at the grocery store, but not all the crap in them.

    2. I have a homemade Bisquick mix that would probably work well for your shortcakes!

    3. Homemade baking mix. Thanks, just in time for strawberry season.


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