3/10/11

Old Fashioned Shortcake to Slice and Serve with Whipped Cream and Strawberries

My oldest daughter was home from college last week and was craving shortcakes with strawberries.  She and her sister went grocery shopping with me and the two of them spent about 5 minutes looking over the containers of strawberries with instructions from Mom on what to look for and what you do not want to see in your strawberries.  In the end they came back to my cart disgusted with the choices and did not buy the berries.

She went back to college without her strawberry shortcake craving quenched.  In honor of my daughter I give you a recipe for good "old fashioned" shortcake as made by many a great-grandmother in the heart of the midwest!  Slice and serve with berries and whipped cream for a yummy spring dessert.

Old Fashioned Shortcake

1¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup soft shortening

2/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon lemon extract

1 large egg

Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add shortening, milk, extracts & eggs; beat till well mixed. Pour into greased or buttered 6x10" pan. Bake in moderate oven 350-375° for about 20 minutes. Top with strawberries and whipped cream.
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