Tuesday, June 08, 2010

TWD—Tender Shortcakes

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Cathy from The Tortefeasor chose this week’s Tuesday’s With Dorie recipe.  She is one flippin’ funny gal whose blog I love checking out each week.  Cathy chose Dorie’s Tender Shortcakes on pages 423-424 in Baking From My Home to Yours.  Truthfully, I was thinking about skipping this one.  We’ve made biscuits and scones and I just thought the shortcakes would be about the same.  And well, they were.  But I decided to make 1/4 of the recipe because we had lots of berries and fruit and I thought it would be fun to let the boys have at it for a yummy treat.

With the quartered recipe, I made 8 small round shortcakes.  I think they’re about 1 1/2 inches round.  I decided to cut the shortcakes instead of go rustic.

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The eighth one was ugly and didn’t fit in the picture. ;)

I bought some great little sour cherries from the farmers’ market on Saturday (the boys love cherries).  I thought they would be yummy to try with the shortcakes.

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Kind of a pain to pit these little guys, but it was worth it.  All I did was add a little sugar to them and let them sit for a while.   And we had some macerated strawberries, some blackberries and blueberries as well.

The boys decided what they wanted.

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Scott wanted a little of everything.

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Parker went sans whipped cream.  (Okay, I’ll admit, we used up some Cool Whip tonight.)

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Taylor carefully chose how he did his and did it all himself.

And I forgot to photograph Sam’s, all he had was a plateful of Cool Whip!

I made this one---

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The chocolate shavings are just for you, Kayte! ;) 

Kevin ate the one in the top picture.  He doesn’t care for biscuits or scones or shortcake, but he ate it just to “play along”.   He said he liked it, but that he’d rather have all the berries and cream with angel food cake or something like that.  To each his own.  The shortcakes themselves were actually really good, nice taste of butter and slightly sweet and super simple to make.  I whipped these up then had to leave for a bit, so I stuck them in the freezer and baked them when I got home.  Twelve minutes for these little cakes in the oven and they were perfect.

Then when everyone was finished and I was cleaning up, I had another idea to try with one of the remaining shortcakes.  Try to guess.  If you know me, you’ll have an idea.

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Hello, sweet little banana Nutella shortcake!  Took a little bite and saved the rest.  GOOD!!!  And that’s the end of all the shortcaked-ness here this week.  Go ahead, check out all the other TWD bloggers and get the recipe on Cathy’s blog, too!

27 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

Just look at all those fresh berries!

chocolatechic said...

Banana/Nutella/shortcake???

You are brilliant!!!

Lauryn said...

YUM!!!! Every version is better than the next!! Especially that banana nutella creation! amazing!

cindy said...

Wow, so many delicious variations. I want to try them all, especially the cherries.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I bet you'll have a hard time figuring out wich one would I pick to have ;)! Happy belated birthday to your big boy!!!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Banana nutella shortcake? Genius!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I thought the cherries looked fabulous and then I saw the banana/nutella. One of each please. Oh, and I have fallen in love with that frozen banana "ice cream" you posted awhile back.

Leslie said...

They looked great, until the last one. That one killed me. Nutella and banana shortbreads?!? Why did I have to read this in a hotel half a world away from my kitchen?

Jacque said...

You're the queen of dessert variation. All of your versions always look so good. Nice work!

Cathy said...

I knew I'd find some fun shortcakes over in these parts! I am so glad that you all enjoyed these. I agree with you - my first reaction to shortcakes is "shortcakes? Eh." But Dorie's really are in a class by themselves. Yours looks just fabulous! Thank you for baking along with me this week, Katrina!

Erin said...

Yum! I love fresh berries and whipped cream and shortcake!

Mary said...

They look great with the mix of berries and cherries! Cute little shortcakes too--custom-made!

Engineer Baker said...

Okay, too many levels of awesome - one, adorably tiny biscuits; two, gorgeous tart cherries; three, lovely clouds of whipped cream; four, NUTELLA. I don't think I can contain my excitement :)

Donna-FFW said...

Holy LORD LADY.. banana nutella and shortcake, last photo worth ten pounds!! I would love that!! FABULOUS!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss said...

Mmmmmm strawberry, blueberries... nutella shortcakes!! Each one sounds amazing. Strawberry shortcake reminds me of my grandfather. He ALWAYS has smooshed strawberries, ice cream, and pound cake..it never fails.

Tracey said...

Haha love that you called Kayte out - she's going to be so jealous of your chocolate shavings :) Great variations over here, fun to see what the boys liked. Your banana nutella one sounds delicious!!

Tia said...

wow, nice variations. the cherries look so perfect they look plastic, lol.

Tia @ buttercreambarbie

Flourchild said...

My husband would have loved the cherries one the best! They look so wonderful and I love how you dressed them all up differently! You always have the best pictures and yummiest treats!

Mimi said...

I love the individual creativity of your family... they are following in your foot steps.
Mimi

mike said...

I know where to go when I need "variations" - how wonderful! Love the nutella one! - and the cherries - they look fantastic. I'll have to actually use berries the next time on mine! :) Looks great Katrina!

Romaine said...

I just have one question: What happened to shortcake #8? Y'know, the ugly one. Was it tasty? :-)

For me, the ugly, broken food seems to make my pants tight. They must have more calories than the pretty ones.

AmyRuth said...

I like you end of the short-caked-ness.... Nutella, what a great idea. I loved this weeks pick too.
I like the way you incorporate all your little boys into your posts. So sweet you are.
AmyRuth

TeaLady said...

I am so jealous of all your variations. They look FANTASTIC. And the nutella. Genius!!

Kayte said...

Oh, I like the idea of little ones and those are so pretty with all those mixed berries on them. I'm doing that next time! (I knew you would find a way to chocolate these up! They do look pretty!)

Pamela said...

Pitting cherries is...well, the pits! ;o) They all look fab.

Jannett said...

Banana and nutella shortcake..what a great idea... :)

Eliana said...

Really digging your mixed berries here - YUM!