Tuesday, June 8, 2010
TWD - Tender Shortcake
When I was growing up, Happy Days was a staple of afternoon entertainment in our house. In Happy Days, Fonzie's pet name for Joanie Cunningham was "Shortcake". I had no idea what a shortcake was back then, but I thought it sounded delicious - after all, it contained the word "cake".
However, until this week's Tuesday with Dorie, when our host Cathy of The Tortefeasor chose Dorie's Tender Shortcakes, I had never actually made a shortcake. A shortcake is, in my view, very similar to a scone, but perhaps sweeter and flakier, and is traditionally split and filled with fruit and cream. The most popular version of the shortcake is the Strawberry Shortcake - so popular, in fact, that Strawberry Shortcake was the name of a strawberry scented, red headed doll when I was a child. (I understand that Strawberry Shortcake has undergone a makeover and has re-emerged for today's children as a more glamorous version of her former self.)
Here are the shortcakes themselves - they are very delicate and crumbly, as Dorie said they should be:
I filled just one of my shortcakes with blackberries and cream, and enjoyed it for breakfast. The rest are still sitting on the tray, and I will most likely eat them "naked", as a TWD member suggested.
If you want to try these, Cathy will have the recipe on her site. Otherwise, go and check out how the other TWD members went with these shortcakes at the TWD website.