Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tender Strawberry (Jam) Shortcakes


What, you've never heard of jam shortcakes? Well, I plead temporary insanity. I made these the day before I left on vacation last week and that was only because I was sick, forgetful and completely out of strawberries. But this Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Cathy at The Tortefeasor. Who doesn't love Cathy? I love her posts, her successes, near misses and hilarious fails. I love reading about (and her gorgeous photos of) her three adorable children and her husband David. So even though I was not feeling well and WAY behind on packing and other preparations for my trip, I wanted to make this. So I made 1/6th of the recipe (the math and yield were perfect).

Although Dorie's recipe was easy and described the procedure very well, I recommend this post by Jessica's brother for it's classic Southern technique.

The shortcakes were super easy to make. I portioned out two shortcakes and put them in the oven. 13 minutes later, they were done. I let them cool, quickly whisked some whipping cream in a bowl, spooned it over a split shortcake. They were very tender and the top sort of broke into a few pieces, but no worries. The pieces were just as delicious with the cream and homemade strawberry jam. Too delicious really!

Thanks, Cathy, for picking a recipe I could make less than 24 hours before boarding a plane, with no stress or mess.

P.S. In my rush, I had a hard time getting a photo of these that didn't include Pearl. She was very focused on getting some yummy shortcake for herself:







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Lethally Delicious is on vacation, so responses to comments will be delayed. This post (and others) were saved for you and will pop up every few days until I get back next week.

28 comments:

Tia said...

I love that feature of programming posts so you can still keep blogging while you're technically away. SMART ppl @ Blogger eh?!!!! your shortcakes look great! I did 1/2 batch sweet, 1/2 batch not so sweet and made sandwiches! buttercreambarbie

Romaine said...

Yes, you are so right about the "too delicious." I can't be trusted alone with them.

Love Pearl's little nose.

Did realize you were in Denmark. Have a great vacation!

Cakelaw said...

LOL at Pearl!! I can just imagie her doing that. Have a great vacation.

Gabe's Girl said...

Hey, what a busy baker you are! Love them. I think the jam pairs perfectly. I have a few leftover in the fridge. I may just go spoon some jam on top of one for a treat today. Nicely done!

Flourchild said...

Have a wonderful vacation. I hope your feeling better!
Im glad you liked the cakes, they look so good! I could eat one right now with a cup of chai tea!

cindy said...

Delicious! You can't lose with butter and cream!

Lauryn said...

your shortcakes look amazing!! I love pearl's little nose in the pics!! so cute!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful job on the shortcakes! Your kitty is so funny getting her nose in all the photos!

Cathy said...

OMG - the pictures with Pearl are true classics, Leslie! I think I'd want to blow it up huge and hang it over the fireplace. Thank you so much for your kind words, mi amiga - I think you are pretty great yourself! I especially appreciate you baking these when you really didn't have time and weren't even a huge shortcake fan to begin with. And I'm really really happy that this recipe turned you into a shortcake fan!! Your shortcakes look absolutely wonderful - fantastic with the jam. Thanks for baking along with me this week (and happy vacation!!)

Judy said...

Love the kitty nose in the photos. In a pinch, jam seems like a nice alternative. Have fun in Denmark!

Di said...

I hope you're feeling better, Leslie, and enjoying your vacation! I bet the jam was fantastic with the shortcakes. And I love the pictures. =)

Mary said...

These look wonderful! I would bake just before leaving on vacation too, so that made me laugh. Love the cat nose in the pictures--that could be a feature of all your photos--does it appeal to Pearl?! Have a great vacation!

Amber Marie said...

Impressed you did the math and actually measured out 1/6 of the recipe! I always end up estimating, and usually pay the price. :)

Pamela said...

Oh! That is too cute! Pearl sniffing the goodness that was these little gems. Beautiful pictures, Leslie!

Carol Peterman said...

With the jam, they become the breakfast version of shortcake. Pearl's little nose poking in the photos is very funny.

Tracey said...

I love that you not only found time to whip up the shortcakes but that you were resourceful enough to use jam when you didn't have berries on hand. The shortcakes were really the star of this one so I'm sure they were wonderful even without any fruit :) Love the photos of Pearl - I've been having the same problem with Shane's parents' cats since I've been here.

Hope you're enjoying vacation!

Katrina said...

I love your "extra" in the pictures! And your shortcakes look perfect and flaky. Hope you're having a great vacay!

dharmagirl said...

i think pearl just makes those photos that much better...a homey, delicious dessert, and adorable furry friend?!? too cute. i hope your vacation is swell!

AmyRuth said...

Oh now how do your do it? You leave comments while on vaca? he he You're so sweet as is your "Jammie Shortcakes!" What a great idea and so Pearl agrees as well. She is one smart kitty. Perhaps she is an official taster?? me thinks. ;") I believe she is a frequent feature here. Hope you are enjoying your time off. Do you miss your kitchen? Funny how that works.
Thanks for stopping by.
AmyRuth

Piggy said...

LOL! Love the pics with Pearl in them, too cute! Your shortcake looks great, btw!

Hanaâ said...

Your shortcake looks great. I like that you combined it with jam. Did you use the jam recipe from the Sweet Melissa book, or do you have a different recipe?

I'm back from vacation and I had a great time visiting with my mom who also traveled to Morocco and my relatives. I hope you have a great vacation too, iA. You certainly deserve it after putting in those long hours!!

Mimi said...

Picture perfect, just as Pearl!
Have a great vacation.
Mimi

margot said...

Cute pictures, love the kitty nose. Yay for a recipe that could be put together so quickly and also your great math skills - 1/6?! Hope you're having a great vacation.

Sweet and Savory said...

You are dedicated to plan ahead so we all can share your baking even when you are not available.

Everyone loves these shortcakes.

Spike said...

I made these in a rush too and they were the perfect recipe for it. Yours look great, would have never known you were sick/ in a hurry!

TeaLady said...

Shortcakes, jam and cream. How can you beat that. Hope you are having a GREAT time.

Kayte said...

So sweet of you to make this on your way out of town for Cathy. She is just the person to really appreciate that! Love the look of it, and the jam is nice! Looks like a party on that plate...such a fun look. Hope you are having a great time in Denmark!

jillbert said...

I like the idea of using jam! It would be a great sub if you couldn't find decent fresh berries. I think Pearl agrees!