We have had some seriously cold and rainy weather here in central Missouri. It seems the sun only shines and there is enough warmth to feed the soul on days that I am locked away at work. Ugh!
Being a Florida native, this weather has really gotten me down! I find myself dreaming about "home" (Florida), trying to find ways to move there, fighting the urge to start boxing my stuff to leave, and basically making everyone miserable around me who accepts that this has to be a way of life LOL.
But... my dear friend Cindy called me Sunday and told me that in spite of the terrible weather, her strawberry patch was LOADED! She invited me out to come pick some berries.
My friend's strawberry patch is relatively small (I would guess about 6' x 12') but LOADED it is! She has picked and picked, and I went out and picked only about two rows which completely filled a plastic Walmart bag. I had just gotten home and dumped my berries into this:
when my mom stopped by my house. She wanted some of those beautiful berries so we went BACK to Cindy's for some more picking (we didn't even make a dent)!
Talk about a mother load of berries!
I wash, stemmed and froze my berries whole on cookie sheets for bagging up frozen. I did, however, save enough to make one of my favorite desserts of all times, Strawberry Short Cake.
I like Strawberry Short Cake however I can get it, with store bought sponge cake cups, pound cake, plain yellow cake, or angel food cake. They are all wonderful!
I chose to make Strawberry Short Cake yesterday with my new favorite homemade Angel Food Loaf and Homemade Whipped Cream.
Here's how I made Strawberry Short Cake AT HOME MY WAY:
Strawberry Short Cake
(We always make up each serving of Strawberry Short Cake when ready to serve - on each dessert plate or in a single serving sized bowl.)
You will need:
- Strawberries, washed, stemmed, and sliced, sprinkled with a few Tablespoons of sugar, and left to macerate at room temperature (which means that the sugar will soften the strawberries and help release their juices).
- Homemade Whipped Cream
- Homemade Angel Food Loaf
On each dessert plate:
Place a thick slice of Angel Food Cake, top with berries/juice, and a good spoonful of Homemade Whipped Cream.
Mmmm... that's what I'm talking about!