Sunday, July 31, 2011

Family Favorites

Since the girls came home from their summer trip, they've been craving some good country soul food. So, we've been revisiting some of their favorite dishes.

Is it bad when a kid wants to eat mashed potatoes straight out of the bowl, much like any other kid would lick cake batter out of a bowl? I hope not, because my little munchkin ate an entire batch of smashed spuds!

Fresh cucumbers have been stalking our fridge lately too! My girls can't seem to eat enough of them. And I stocked up on some beautiful fresh plums, strawberries, Carolina peaches, and necatarines. So, for a simple summer dessert I made some fruity shortcakes. Delicious!!
Shortcakes are like a cousin to the biscuit, baked in a very hot oven, and when made with shortening and butter, they are light and flaky and not overly sweet, but adding fresh whipped cream and summer fruits you have the recipe for happiness.

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup half and half
melted butter
additional sugar for sprinkling

Heat oven 450 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Cut in butter and shortening. Mix in half-and-half. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown. Top with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

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