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Mmmmm strawberries!

In the last wee while I have been working on crochet orders and new lines for my Facebook page that you can find here. With every order, I have had to try out new techniques so it has been a lot of fun.

Last year, we planted herbs and strawberries in the wall at the front of the house. We didn’t expect them to last too long but the herbs are still alive and to our surprise the strawberries are appearing now.  They have been completely neglected until now…. but look….

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I am determined that this year I will make strawberry shortcake. Wonder if I can make them in the caravan?

This is the recipe I plan to use, courtesy of Nigella

Ingredients

for the shortcakes

  • 325 grams plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 125 grams unsalted butter (frozen)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 125 ml single cream
  • 1 large egg white (lightly beaten)

for the filling

  • approx. 300 grams strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 drops balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 250 ml double cream (or creme fraiche)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7/425ºF.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl. Grate the butter into these dry ingredients and use your fingertips to finish crumbling the butter into the flour. Whisk the egg into the cream, and pour into the flour mixture a little at a time, using a fork to mix. You may not need all of the eggy cream to make the dough come together, so go cautiously.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll gently to a thickness of about 2cm / ¾ inch. Dip a 6½ cm / 2½ inch round cutter in flour and cut out as many rounds as you can. Work the scraps back into a dough, re-roll and finish cutting out  you should get 8 in all. Place the shortcakes about 2½ cm / 1 inch apart on a greased or lined baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg white, and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of caster sugar. If it helps with the rest of your cooking, or life in general, you can cover and refrigerate them now for up to 2 hours.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden-brown, and let them cool for a short while on a wire rack. Meanwhile, crush half the strawberries with the spoonful of sugar and the few drops of balsamic vinegar if using, and halve or quarter the remaining strawberries, depending on their size. Whip the double cream, if you’re using.
  5. The shortcakes should be eaten while still warm, so split each one across the middle and cover with a spoonful of the crushed strawberry mixture, a few halved or quartered strawberries, then dollop some whipped cream or creme fraiche on top, and set the top back on.

I hope to blog photos of these when I make them.

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About tulipandthistlecrochet

A Scot (thistle) married to a Dutch man (tulip) and two children (shamrocks) living in Ireland and 2 French Bulldogs (Fleur de Lis). Discovered crochet last year, love it. Enjoys baking cooking, going for walks with the family. Degree on hold and moving back to the city after "doing rural" the last 8 years.

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