February 8, 2007

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE !


Strawberry Shortcake is my contribution to Maheswari's AFAM 'Fruit of a month' event.Can you guess what fruit for February the "month of love" would be? Strawberries of course!!:) Thank you for hosting Mahesh.



Strawberry Shortcake:Serves 4-6




To make Strawberry Shortcake,you need:
Pre-heat the oven to 450F.
Slice 1 cup Strawberries.Chill in the Fridge.
Add few strawberries to 1/2 cup Yogurt,2 tbsp Sugar and blend until smooth,,chill in the fridge.
You need Whipped Cream home made or store-bought.
Some powdered Sugar to sprinkle on top.

Here's how:



Mix 1 cup Plain flour, 3tbsp softened butter,1/4 cup sugar,1 tsp grated Lemon zest,1/4 tsp Ginger pd,2 tsp Baking powder/1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence until crumbly.Add 4 Strawberries chopped and 7-9 tbsp milk,mix gently just until it clings together.



Take a double layer ed thick bottomed baking sheet,divide the dough into four or six(do not mix the dough too much)and place them on the sheet few inches apart.Put in the oven and bake for 6-10 mins or until puffed and lightly golden on top.Do not overbake!




Take them,slide them onto a cooling rack and cool them completely.Carefully slice across each Shortcake into two.It's easy to slice if you chill them in the fridge covered for a while to soften them.These will not feel like soft cake but crumbly on top,softer inside.




To serve:
Take a dessert plate,place bottom half of Shortcake,layer with 2-4 tbsp of Strawberry Yoghurt,whipped cream,slices of Strawberries and put the top of shortcake and sprinkle with sugar powder to serve immedietely.Tastes divine!!:))




Did you know that Strawberry is the state fruit of Louisiana?!


Some known facts about Strawberries:
Garden Strawberry is the most common variety of strawberry cultivated worldwide. Like all strawberries,it is in the family Rosaceae.It's fruit is technically known as an accessory fruit,in that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries but from the peg at the bottom of the bowl-shaped hypanthium that holds the ovaries.The Garden Strawberry originated in Europe in the early 18th century.More Info at WIKI.
Nutrition: One cup (144 g) of strawberries constitutes approximately 45 calories (188 kJ) and is an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids.


Now get a fork and dig in!



Enjoy with your honey!;))

32 comments:

Sandeepa said...

Hi Asha
Such a beautiful entry. I also liked the Gajjar Halwa a lot
Your main entry was so nice too. Loved that meme, even I introduce myself as the babysitter all the time :)
I am still not able to comment on the main blog, sob, sob :(

Asha said...

Thank you Sandeepa.I am sorry that you still can't get in.Try from the Firefox browser,it's working for many this week.Enjoy the recipes.
MeMe's are funny, aren't they?You just tell everything about yourself to whole lot of people!!;D

Trupti said...

Ashaji:
oooh...this is beautiful and one of my favs!! do you remember the strawberry shortcake dolls that actually smelled like the cakes?? I just read at Sri's blog that you like horror films...me too!!!!
i love them!!

hugs,trupti

Maheswari said...

Thanks for this mouthwatering colorful entry Asha.I was drooling over here.H is sitting next to me and asking me what's that..what's that?..going crazy seeing this pic.I will definetly try this one next week.Thanks again.

Pooja said...

What a nice idea to make short cake ! :) . I jsut keep on steching my mind and cant think beyond strawberry shake... he he he .. perhaps that because i loe it the most.
so you have any idea then tell me secretly ;), I want something nice to make out of strawberry :)) .
nice entry for AFAM.
thanks for sharing.
-Pooja

Coffee said...

What a lovely cake that is!!!! I never knew about this short cake !!!
Excellent presentation. :)

Sia's corner said...

ashakka,
i guess i need to take classes on time management from u. how do u manage to cook so many yummylicious dishes? my mba degree is good for nothing;)
i can't find my fork:( its almost a lunch time for me and i guess i will go half an hour early than usual time:)

Asha said...

Hi T! I don't remember those dolls because I didn't play with any dolls.I had big wooden carts,wooden toy gun to play with!;D
I adore horror films.Most of them are screams and loud sounds but when I "SAW" films,MAN!! was I happy?!Very intrigueing and intelligent horror movies,can't wait to see the 4th!:)
Oh!Shortcake,thanks,hope you try!:))

Hi Mahesh,you are welcome.I almost made Strawberry milkshake but then I thought let me make something special.Tastes great when flavored yoghurt soak into the crust!YUM! Try and make H happy for V'day!:))

Asha said...

Hi Pooja,milkshakes are great too! I will see what I can find for you and e mail you,easy ones if I find it.Plenty of time left for the entry anyway!:) OH,before I forget,I asked this to Mahesh too for AFAM,can you create a pretty logo(jpeg) for your VOTW so we can display it with our entry?I would love that.Thanks Pooja!:)

Hi Coffee,thanks my friend!:)It's a little harder and flatter than cake,almost like soft biscuit.Enjoy making it.My entry for your event next!

Your MBA is great for making money,my MBA(?!) is great for cooking and managing home!;D Both are great for managing life,right?
Find that fork and make some Shortcakes for your honey!

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,
You always come with an unique receipe and make all of us droll over the monitor...

My god!look at the picture,...what a combo of bread, fruit,cream hmmmm...

Really a wonderful entry for AFAM....

Lakshmik said...

Hi Asha

Cannot wait to dig in. And I noticed that the strawberry picture just resembles the heart shape. No wonder it is associated with romance and valentines day. Thanks for the recipe.

Asha said...

Hi Usha,thank you.It is wonderfully full of calories too!;D But we don't eat everyday,do we? Enjoy.

Lakshmi,you are right.Heart shaped and red too,great concept of a fruit for V'day,eh? Hope you make it next Wed.!;)

Seema said...

oh boy those short cakes with strawberries look super delicious Asha. Hingirva yummy yummy recipes hakidre nam hotte gathi eenri ;-)
Hugs

Mishmash ! said...

I am done! Can I have one more plate ?;)

Asha said...

Seema,hotte gathi irli, pant melakke hogaddidre enu madodu alva?!;D
You know,I don't like sweets at all but I am making all these desserts for these events,I am really getting tired of sweets for life now!:))

Okie Dokie shn!! Go ahead and take it,pleeeaassee!!:D If I keep on cooking desserts,I will have to get a whole new wardrobe!:)Thanks.

Prema Sundar said...

OOoOOh Look at the strawberries ... They look so lovely. Are they fresh or frozen Asha.. I was hunting for good strawberries yesterday but somehow could not find very good colourful ones..
Strawberry shortcake looks yumm.. I always wonder how u get new and different variety of recipes!!!was reading ur meme and then realised may be u r born with it...

Asha said...

HAHA!! Thank you Prema.I just browse thru' many recipes and change,add my own twists and make them.You can do it too,I am sure!:))
These are frozen,thawed for an hour in the fridge and cut while they are still half frozen.After sometime, they go soft which is good for making yoghurt sauce.Hope you try!:))

Linda said...

Hi Asha -- what an awesome idea to put the berries right in the biscuits! And the yogurt sauce... oh, please just pass me a little spoonful would you :):)

Susan said...

Oh, this looks dreamy!

Susan from Food "Blogga"

Asha said...

Hi Linda,you can the whole thing!:))I am cooking too many desserts these days.Not goooodd!!!:D

Hi Susan,it is McDreamy,isn't it?;D enjoy the weekend.

Maheswari said...

Asha, thanks for reminding me of pooja's request to share something on V day.I totally forgot about it.Just added a few lines to the post..if you can plz have a look..

Asha said...

You are welcome Mahesh, I am sure you have plenty!I will check it out of course!:)) Gattina forgot too,reminded her as well.

Gattina said...

Asha, your shortcake is fairy low in fat, thanks for taking care of our waist-line :)

Asha said...

Skip the whipping cream Gatina, your waist will be smaller than a wedding ring!!;D
Have a great weekend and V'day in advance.

Chickoo said...

Ashakka,
If only I was in your city, I would have shamelessly invited myself over to your house for breakfast, lunch and dinner :). Adbhutha vada recipe!!

Deepa

Sushma said...

This is a beautiful entry , I love strawberries and I should definitely make it..its so easy..
Thanks so much for sharing
-Sushma

Asha said...

Hi Deepa,hegideeyamma?Hosa post madilva? You are always welcome in my house anytime.Try this dish ,it's wasy!:))

Hi Sushma,as always you are welcome and hope you try this on V'day to sweeten the hubby,never know,might get a diamond inreturn!!;D

Suma Gandlur said...

Asha,
Just loved it, loved it & love it.

Asha said...

Thank you and you are welcome Suma!You know what to make for V'day now!;D

Latha said...

Nice cake asha. Just going through your recipe index. This one is very impressive.I'll make and let you know how it turned out.Now I need to hunt for good strawberries.

Asha said...

You are welcome Latha. Shortcakes are softer the after few hrs of resting,so slicing gets easier for filling.Shortcakes,cream and Strawberries,what's not to like!:D
Enjoy.

UjjU said...

Hi Asha,
Thanks for visiting my blog, well almost every day! :) Thanks for the wishes as well. Hope to get well soon! By the way Strawberry shortcake is so nice, my mouth is watering now! I can only see the snap & enjoy as of now. Surely will try this in the next Strawberry season :)

Regards
UjjU