Friday, July 3, 2009


Last weekend, Mimi came to visit from St. Louis. To celebrate (and beat the heat), Mary, Ben and Mommy made homemade strarwberry SHORTCAKE. It was delicious! We had so much fun following a recipe from a delightful story called Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! Big Brown Rooster decides to follow in his great-grandmother's footsteps (The Little Red Hen) and master the art of baking.

"Rooster rushed into the chicken coop. 'It has to be here,' he said. He looked high and low, and there it was at last, hidden under a nest-her cookbook. The Joy of Cooking Alone by L.R. Hen."
"Rooster carefully turned the pages. 'So many recipes-and I thought she just baked bread! Look at the strawberry shortcake!'"

The unexpected surprise (we were doing a farm theme for our summer learning) was the recipe at the back of the book:

Great-Granny's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
3 to 4 cups strawberries, washed and sliced
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

Preaheat overn to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift flour, then sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter unitl mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg and milk, sitrring by hand just enought to moisten. Spread dough in greased 8 X 1 1/2-inch round pan, building up edges slightly. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool on rack 5 minutes. Split into tow layers; lift top off carefully. Alternate layers of cake, whipped cream, and strawberries, ending with strawberries on top. Enjoy!


  1. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can't wait to try it out : ) Happy 4th!

  2. Delicious! Hope y'all have a great 4th!

  3. What a fun learning experience for the little ones. Learning to cook and read at the same time! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend!

  4. That looks sooooo yummy!

    Happy 4th of July!


  5. That looks delicious! I´ve saved the recipe so I can do it during my vacation. I hope someone comes that day so I don´t eat it all by my self :-)

  6. we have a book similar to that!
    how fun!!

    happy 4th!!!!

  7. That looks like such a fun cookbook to have, I'll have to look for it.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting and a Happy Fourth of July to you and your family and also a big thanks to your hubby for being a hero for us all too. :)


  8. Hi everyone!

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving your kind comments.

    As I was rereading my post, I saw all of these typos in the directions to make the shortcake. I have no idea what happened there...I guess I didn't hit save after using the spell checker and hit publish instead! I apologize for the errors as I am a stickler about spelling (I'm a former teacher!)

    Happy 4th of July!

  9. Holy Smokes...I can't wait to try that recipe! That looks scrumpdilicious! I love summertime with all the fresh berries, can't ever get enough!


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