It’s no surprise in the United States we like to celebrate anything with food. From coast to coast, each State has a celebratory food they look after with pride. In North Carolina, on the list is the beautiful, sweet red strawberry.
Since we honor the delicious fruit here in Mecklenburg County, it is clear that baking with it is a must. It’s no secret that all bakers state-wide have a “secret” recipe that showcases the sweet berry. So, if Strawberry Shortcake is your vice, follow the recipe below to make the most out of the North Carolinian delicacy.
100g (4oz) butter
75g (3oz) caster sugar
150g (6oz) self-raising flour
400g (1lb) strawberries
Sugar to sweeten
200mls double cream
Small bar of white chocolate
Step 1: Remove stems from strawberries, wash, dry gently and slice. Sweeten with the desired amount of sugar and leave at room temperature for around twenty minutes - until the sugar has softened the strawberries and released the juices.
Step 2: Whip up the cream and place back in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Step 3: Soften the butter a little with a wooden spoon and then mix with the sugar; beat until soft and creamy.
Step 4: Add the egg and mix well.
Step 5: Add the flour gradually and beat well. Then add a few drops of vanilla essence.
Step 6: Grease a 7-inch round baking tin and press half the mixture into it. Place some of the strawberries on the top and spread evenly.
Step 7: Carefully shape the other half of the mixture on a floured board, so that it will fit over the top of the strawberries. Trim off any excess and pinch all around the edge with you’re your thumb and index finger. Lightly prick the top with a fork.
Step 8: Bake for twenty-five minutes at 160° C.
Step 9: When cool, turn out, sprinkle with sugar and put whipped cream, strawberries, and grated white chocolate on the top.
A food processor or mixer can be used for combining the ingredients.
For children’s parties, you could make small individual cakes using a bun tin.
About: Carey Ann Taylor is a baker and blogger in Mecklenburg County, NC. With 20 years of experience baking for weddings and parties, she has built a reputation for her exquisitely detailed aesthetic and sophisticated understanding of flavor. Once wedding season slows down, Carey Ann Taylor travels the United States to review dessert shops and bakeries for publication and, most recently, her personal blog.
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