I had an urge to go strawberry picking en-route to Toronto from Ottawa this weekend. The tourist signs were all pointing to strawberry farms along the way bursting with fresh, local berries ready to be the chosen ones. Unfortunately, it was scorching hot outside and neither BB or myself really wanted to tackle endless strawberry fields looking for the perfect berry. But, when I came home, my fridge was stocked with a quart of local Ontario strawberries from Root’N Berry Farms (www.ontarioberries.com) based in Waterford, Ontario – it was as if someone was reading my mind and knew what I wanted. So naturally, the first thing I decided to make was Strawberry Shortcakes- what else would come to mind?
I searched the web for countless recipes that didn’t require whole milk, but sour cream instead. After about 20 minutes I found a recipe from FoodNetwork.com . I altered it a bit and cut the recipe in half, making it the perfect “date dessert”- even if I did just make it for my mom and myself.
Strawberry Shortcakes for Two- Recipe
1 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup cold butter, cubed
½ cup Yoplait Balkan Style Natural Yoghurt (or similar – sour cream will also work)
Set oven to 350 F degrees.
Mix dry ingredients, followed by butter- use spastry blender to combine butter cubes into dry mixture until it resembles a crumble, then add the yoghurt. The consistency will be moist due to the yoghurt. Form into to medium sized rounds and place on parchment coated baking sheet. Place into oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. The shortcake will be moist due to the yoghurt – if you prefer dry shortcakes, you can add more flour.
For Strawberry Reduction – inspired by BB’s mom making raspberry jam at the cottage
Cut strawberries into quarters and place into saucepan on high heat with sugar and water – boil it for about 1 minute and then reduce heat to a low simmer. Berries and water will reduce making a thick, gooey consistency.
Check out: http://ontario.farmvisit.com/ if you’re looking to do some fruit/vegetable picking and need some ideas where to go!