TWD: Tender Shortcakes with Strawberries

by Holly on June 8, 2010

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!

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.

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.
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Romaine June 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

Wow! I don't know what to say. God bless you with your new blog and the path on which he is taking you. Reminds me of the verse about "His grace is sufficient…."

Your pictures are awesome.

slush June 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Love you Holly. I think about you often. So excited about the new blog. I have thought about doing the same thing at times. But, I do not think I am strong enough to share it all with strangers.

Much love to you and yours sweetie. xoxoox

dharmagirl June 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

congrats on your new blog! i hope it gives you the sounding board and community you need to share your special journey:)

your cakes look fantabulous–i'm making mine today!

chocolatechic June 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Beautiful short cakes.

I know so many people that have Down's children, and I have found in each and every situation that Downs kiddos are the sweetest most endearing children I have ever met.

cindy June 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Delicious dessert!
Thanks for sharing your new blog. I think we are more alike than we are different. Sometimes I think we all need to share 'a little more'. Oh that our lives were like the yummy treats we post!

Flourchild June 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Thanks for sharing your heart with us and your story of your new beautiful child. YOur life will be greatly blessed by this wonderful child.
The cakes look so good! Im glad you enjoyed them!

Lauryn June 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

You are amazing. Sharing something so personal takes a lot of strength, which you obviously have. I wish you and your family a lifetime of happiness, and I look forward to reading the new blog.

Jules Someone June 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Mazel tov on your new blog! Parenting is always an adventure. I'm happy to share this one with you! Gorgeous shortcake!

Joanne June 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I think it's great that you created another blog to deal with all of the trials and tribulations that parenting has to offer. I'm sure it will be an excellent outlet!

These shortcakes are gorgeous!

Cathy June 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thanks for sharing your new blog and your journey with your beautiful baby girl.

Your shortcakes look wonderful! Thank you for baking along with me this week.

Allie June 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Yum, the biscuit part looks particularly yummy!

Amber Marie June 9, 2010 at 12:18 am

These look great! I'll have to remember to brush some cream on top. I sprinkled some sugar and that added a little crunch.

Mary June 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

Your shortcake looks fabulous with all those strawberries! Your daughter is lovely, and I am on my way to check out your new blog now. I often work with children with Down Syndrome and find it very rewarding, and the parents are some of the best out there!

Engineer Baker June 9, 2010 at 12:58 am

Kudos for launching the new site, and lotsa hugs too 🙂 As for the shortcakes, I 1/8thed mine, and what a mistake that was! These really were fantastic, weren't they?

Pamela June 9, 2010 at 1:22 am

Gorgeous shortcakes, Holly! The pics are stunning, as usual. Thanks for sharing the link to the new blog. I look forward to reading it. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter, too!!

Carol Peterman June 9, 2010 at 3:00 am

Your shortcakes have such a great color. I usually brush biscuits with cream and just didn't think to do that with these.

TeaLady June 9, 2010 at 3:47 am

Such a beautiful little girl.

And lovely shortcakes. perfect duo.

Tia June 9, 2010 at 6:48 am

great cakes for a kickoff to your new blog, eh?

mike June 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thank you so much for sharing with us – wishing you all the very best – what a beautiful picture. Of both! The shortcakes look so wonderful and exciting about the new blog! Take care –

Jodie June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Gorgeous! Have to check out your new blog!

Aimée June 14, 2010 at 2:54 am

Holly, thank you for sharing with us–and for being so brave.

We certainly never know what someone else may be going though, so your words are sure to help others, as well as provide an outlet for you.

We're listening.

sensiblecooking June 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Congratulation on new blog. Those shortcakes look yummy.

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