Spreading Strawberries, Year Three
Remember my family's crazy tradition of making ridiculously large, involved strawberry shortcakes? And then eating them as a meal? Yeah, that.
It is strawberry season, after all! I am hoping to go strawberry picking with mom later this week. Hopefully the sun this week will make them red and ripe for us! Especially after all the rain and grey weather last week.
Anyway, our crazy annual strawberry shortcake/family reunion happened this past weekend! Between that, playing games and eating lots and lots of ice cream with JB and RB, and visiting with the S family for Father's Day, it was a busy weekend! And one without as much sleep as is ideal. But NES was a trooper and was my official assistant for shortcake making this year. I missed having MS there to help. At least she had a nice day for her activities! However, the lack of sleep might have made us a little goofier in the kitchen. Here is my goofy, serious-looking, pretzel rod "cigar" smoking, very colorful assistant.
When Mimi was pulling out all of the materials, I couldn't help but think about the fact that most of these had been used for many, many years of shortcake making. Maybe even by my great-grandmother in the original strawberry shortcake celebration. I feel like I would have liked her if I had really gotten to meet her.
Not to say it can't be messy sometimes. I seemed to be having a hard time getting the ratios quite right this year.
That sometimes you just have to get your hands messy. This was one of my particularly messy iterations of mixing.
Then it goes into a well greased pan. I use about 2 recipes of Bisquick for a 9 by 13 pan.
MS and I determined a couple of years ago that the best way to slice the giant shortcake is unflavored dental floss. Really. It slices it nice and evenly and it actually reaches through the whole thing. NES decided that it went even better when someone was guiding it through. That was his job.
NES helped me flip the first one, but JD happened to be around for the second one, so NES could take pictures of the process. I don't think we had any major crumbling this year. That's the best part of the dental floss method.
Then comes the buttering. We actually didn't even use the full two sticks of butter this year! Shhhh, don't tell anyone. I'd be severely chided by the previous butter-loving generations. The butter is really what makes it good, in my opinion.
Then the cover gets flipped on top of a layer of strawberries. I think the first shortcake weighed about 5 pounds with all the juice from the strawberries this year. That's what we get for having a rainy June, I guess.
Then more butter. Of course. I almost forgot on the first one. Oops!
And even more butter.
Then, the finishing touch: the final mound of strawberries.
Look at those layers. And the butter.
Look at those lovely, buttery layers!
He's the loviest dog I've ever met. He's kind of an attention hog. But it apparently did tire him out!
Here's to another year of family tradition!