Tuesday, June 12, 2012

All Things Southern - Strawberry Shortcake and Twang

All Things Southern, by Melissa Foster

I don’t consider myself a southern gal by any means, so when I was asked to write about all thing southern, I had to really think about what it means to be southern.  My mind instantly traveled to southern accents—you know, that twang that sounds sexy coming from men and comforting coming from women? Yeah, that’s the one. Next, I thought of southern comfort foods. Goodness, that is a difficult topic to get around—fried chicken, mashed potatoes, bar-b-ques, pork—whole pigs come to mind (yeah, this girl used to be a vegan…), pies so thick you need a saw to cut them, cakes and muffins rich with flavor.

Now I have a hankering for something delicious—so, without further adieu, I will share with you one of my favorite southern recipes! This is straight from one of my favorite friends and an extraordinaire chef, Nicole Cook!

English: Strawberry shortcake 日本語: ショートケーキ
(I could not paste the original picture so I used another. I hope you follow the link for the real picture. It will make your mouth water!)
Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Whipped Cream (http://dailydishrecipes.com/strawberry-shortcake-with-strawberry-whipped-cream/)
Rating: 5
For Cake:
·        2 C. flour
·        4 Tbs. sugar
·        3 tsp. baking powder
·        1/2 tsp.baking soda
·        1/2 tsp. salt
·        6 Tbs. unsalted butter, cold and sliced
·        2 Tbs. solid all-vegetable shortening, cold
·        3/4 c. buttermilk
For Strawberry Whipped Cream
·        2 pints of fresh strawberries
·        2 c. heavy whipping cream
·        2 Tbs. sugar
For the Cake:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease an 8" cake pan.
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl in your stand mixer.
Add the sliced butter.
Blend on low until the butter is 1/4 of the size it was. About the size of a large pea. Then cut in the cold shortening until the mixture looks like a coarse meal.
Next, pour in the buttermilk, a little at a time using your dough hook on low. Blend until the mixture forms a dough and leaves the side of the bowl. Continue allowing the dough hook to do its job on low for about a minute longer. The dough should hold together beautifully and be very soft.
Pat the dough into a prepared 8" cake pan, make sure you have it as even as you can.
Bake about 15-18 minutes or until the top is golden. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes still in the pan. Then, invert from the cake pan onto the wire rack to continue cooling - keep the bottom side facing upward.
Allow to cool completely before adding the Strawberry whipped cream.
For the Strawberry Whipped Cream:
Grab two bowls. Remove the Strawberry greens and slice the strawberries in half (if its still kind of large, cut it again). Put half in one bowl, and put half in the other bowl. Sprinkle each bowl of strawberries with 1 Tbs. of sugar.
Whip the heavy whipping cream until it looks like whipped cream, you should see it start forming peaks.
When the whipped cream is ready, dump one bowl of the strawberries into a food processor and process for about 30 seconds until you have a thick liquidy strawberry mess.
Fold the strawberry mess into the whipped cream just until it is combined.
Chill for about 15 minutes.
To assemble it all:
After the cake has cooled completely, slice the cake in half. Gently slide each half on a separate plate with the cut side facing up. Spread the strawberry whipped cream on the cut side of both slices of cake. Now join them back up. Cut the shortcake into wedges, top with more whipped cream and the 2nd bowl of strawberries. Serve! Absolutely delicious!

The next time you wonder what it might be like to be southern, step into your kitchen and get ready to experience the most romantic, exciting flavors you can think of. Start with this one, then check out Nicole’s site for more delicious recipes.

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About Melissa Foster:

Award-winning, bestselling author Melissa Foster is a touchstone for the indie publishing community and a tireless advocate for women. She is the founder of the World Literary Café, Fostering Success, and The Women’s Nest. Melissa writes emotionally-driven contemporary fiction and suspense with passionate characters that remain with the reader long after they’ve read the last words. Melissa is a friend, mentor, brownie connoisseur, and book fiend.

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels, Megan's Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, an anthology. Melissa is on the advisory board for the Alliance of Independent Authors and is a touchstone in the indie publishing arena. When she’s not writing, Melissa teaches authors how to navigate the book marketing world, build their platforms, and leverage the power of social media, through her author-training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is the founder of the World Literary Café, Fostering Success, and the Women’s Nest. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. Melissa is currently collaborating on the film adaption of Megan’s Way.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa’s site links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor
Twitter: @Melissa_Foster
My social network for women: http://www.TheWomensNest.com
World Literary Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com
Fostering Success: htto://www.fostering-success.com
Facebook Melissa Foster: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor (Fanpage)
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster




From Donna:
      Thank you so much Melissa for the wonderful post. Melissa is a talented author and friend who graciously accepted my invitation to guest while I am out of town. I have reviewed her books on my blog; and she continues to be a great friend and an inspiration to me. I hope you enjoyed her post.

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