Tuesdays with Dorie this week was hosted by Cathy at Tortefeasor who chose the Tender Shortcakes. There were many choices of berries to fill these lovely little biscuit-like cakes with, but I guess I’m a purist because all I wanted was strawberries – sweet, red, ripe strawberries and whipped cream.
TWD: Tender Shortcakes with Strawberries
You may have noticed a new link on the sidebar over there for my new blog. I’ve been somewhat cryptic lately, and though I’d like to say it was because I had something wonderful and exciting to share with you – perhaps that was foodie related. While, what I have to share over on my new blog, Sweet & Simple, is wonderful and often exciting to me, it is basically my new Mom blog. I haven’t always shared as much about our personal happenings here, because, to be honest, what is happening here is often too personal and somewhat complicated. I have felt strangely a little silent about news of our newest arrival, Kayla. I haven’t really known how to share what was happening, and until now, I haven’t been ready. Kayla is beautiful, wonderful, and complicated. We were surprised to find out that she has Down Syndrome. It changes nothing as far as how we feel about her – she is ours and we adore her. That said, Sweet & Simple is my place to share our journey in an honest, sometimes painful, but hopefully now coming from a good place – instead of the sometimes hurtful place that it can feel like. I hope that by sharing our journey more personally it can reach out and help educate others and really help anyone who is going through something difficult to know that it is okay to feel whatever you need to to work through the tough times and be grateful for the journey. I hope you’ll join me on that journey, but I know that isn’t what this food blog is about – which is why we have our own special, sweet and simple place to share those stories – and so that PheMOMenon can stay what it is – my happy place to share my passion for food, baking, and cooking. I’m sure I’ll still occasionally share some stories here too, but I need PheMOM to stay that happy place for me. So, there you go, the big announcement finally – not what anyone was expecting, I’m sure, but very important to us. Thanks so much for coming here. Now that I’ve basically come clean about my bit of silence here and acknowledged the ‘elephant in the room’, I can get back to normal here. That is a very good thing, especially since I have about 30 posts to tell you about and I can’t wait!
I’m so glad that I went with that because these cakes were heavenly. Honestly, I’m not usually a bit fan of shortcakes because it most often means some kind of sponge cake that is often just not very good. These sweet biscuits were easy to make and wonderfully tender, sweet and delicious all on their own.
I didn’t have anywhere to deliver a full batch of these and decided to just make a half batch for this first time (much to my regret) and ended up just eating the others plain over the next couple of days. They didn’t even need anything with them and were just totally edible all on their own.
The only thing I changed about the recipe, wasn’t really a change to the recipe at all – just a little addition – I went ahead and brushed a little extra heavy cream on the outside on the biscuits before baking to help them get all golden and lovely – and as you can see, it worked.
For more tender shortcakes, make sure to check out the other TWD bakers.