Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes
The Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes in the photo are picture perfect, and they make you want just to get into the kitchen and make some! Now that it is spring in North America, the fresh vegetables and fruits are finally starting to taste good again! Winter produce never has much flavor!
The beautiful part of this recipe is that the ingredients are so basic, anyone that does stock their pantry would surly have flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and egg and although it calls for buttermilk, that you may not have in the refrigerator.
Do you know what to do if you don't have buttermilk? There is a very simple solution. If you only have milk you can have a buttermilk substitute in less than ten minutes. For each one cup of milk, you need either a tablespoon of white vinegar OR a tablespoon of lemon juice. All you do is combine them and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. You will see the milk curdle into bits and it will be slightly thicker than before. Another substitute for one cup buttermilk is 3/4 cup plain yogurt plus 1/4 cup water to thin it. OR yet another is 3/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup water. You may have heard of these methods already, but, there is one more. You mix 1 cup milk with 1 3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar and let it sand for 5-10 minutes. So now you may have all you need to make those homemade biscuits! This recipe makes 12.
Speaking of fresh strawberries, I just was at the garden center the other day and purchased my young strawberry plants. This year I planted them into a tiered planter that is on my deck. I also invested in some grow lights as the spot I have does not get as much direct sunshine as the strawberries will want. I am excited to see how plants are going to fare! Do you grow your own strawberries? It really is fun doing them in containers, and you get quite a lot of berries off the everbearing varieties if they are happy where they are planted, well fertilized and treated with love!
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