SMS: Strawberry Shortcakes

by Holly on May 3, 2009

Well, I’ve gone and joined another baking group. Since I have been baking quite a few things out of my copy of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy, and that book is the focus of the Sweet Melissa Sundays baking group, it seemed like a natural fit. I can’t guarantee I’ll make it every Sunday, but since participation only requires me to join in the fun at least once a month I figured I could manage that!

So, for my first week with the group the recipe has been chosen by Wendy at Pink Stripes and, as you have probably already guessed from the picture above, was for some amazingly wonderful Strawberry Shortcakes.

The recipe was simple and wonderful. The shortcake itself is a simple sweet biscuit that gets an extra lift from some fresh lemon zest that really just sets it apart and puts it right over the top. The strawberries were just simply macerated berries – just sliced strawberries with some sugar so they can get all nice and juicy and syrupy. I added just a splash of pure vanilla extract to the strawberries for a little something extra.

Check out the Sweet Melissa Sundays blog to see more lovely shortcakes by the other bakers on the blogroll. You can find the recipe on Wendy’s blog and on page 130 of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book.

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Cristine May 3, 2009 at 6:33 am

Your shortcake looks delicious! The lemon zest was fantastic in these!

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The Bahens May 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

I’ve never tried adding a splash of vanilla to my strawberries, but I LOVE vanilla, so I’ll have to give it a whirl! Beautiful job! And welcome! It’s like an addiction, isn’t it?! 🙂

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Katrina May 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Gorgeous and looks so “light” and delicious!

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Netts Nook May 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Wow it looks gorgeous and perfect like out of a magazine. Thanks Holly for making me hungry.

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Flourchild May 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Yum your shortcake looks so good. Welcome to the group. Im glad you joined.
My family loved this recipe and I know it will be made again!

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Mermaid Sweets May 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Amazing photos, they look perfect. Love the pipped whipped cream look. Thanks for joining us, I am so excited to have you baking along with us, when you can!

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Snooky doodle May 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

oh this looks so so good 🙂

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Megan May 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

My husband usually adds a splash of balsamic to strawberries – it really amps up the flavor, much like vanilla does.

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Memória May 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Whew! You’re going to be a busy baker! I’m sure your family will happy campers, though!

I just bought strawberries today, so this look like a good idea! Thanks!

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What's for Supper? May 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Yours looks great. I have been tempted to join this one too!

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Tracey May 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Your shortcake looks fantastic! Love the way you decorated with the whipped cream. So glad you decided to bake with us!!

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pinkstripes May 4, 2009 at 12:17 am

Ooh…I like the addition of vanilla to the strawberries. I’ll have to try that next time. Your shortcakes look wonderful. I’m glad you like them. Thanks for baking along with me this week!

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Stephanie May 4, 2009 at 12:43 am

Yum. YumYum. That first picture – the close up one – looks SO yummy I could just lick my computer screen… but I can’t because there are other people in the room (they’d think I’m weird) 🙂

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Aimée May 4, 2009 at 12:57 am

Beautiful Holly! I’ve got a pint of berries begging to have a destiny of shortcake,s o we’ll be enjoying this soon. Thanks!

Come enter my Mother’s Day giveaway!

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margot May 4, 2009 at 2:06 am

What beautiful photos. I think vanilla makes almost everything taste better, that’s a great idea to add it to the berries.

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Manggy May 4, 2009 at 4:12 am

Happy Mothers’ Day Holly! The shortcake looks fab. I’m surprised you didn’t find a way to sneak some chocolate in there 😉

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Amanda May 4, 2009 at 11:04 am

Another baking group? LOL I don’t think my hips could handle another one! 😉 These look delicious!

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Jennifer May 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I’m so jealous of your ability to pipe on the whipped cream. I just can’t seem to do that!

I also totally agree about the lemon zest (and the craziness of signing up for another baking adventure, LOL).

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Michele May 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

These were fantastic! Your are lovely!

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Deborah May 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm

These look amazing – and I have the book!!

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