Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom! This year, her birthday was filled with five Portugese men in our home… installing the hardwood floors upstairs. She’s all excited about the bamboo that replaced the god-awful carpet that has been here since we moved in about five years ago.

I surprised my mom last weekend with tickets to see Cirque de Soleil with her friend. She knew she was going somewhere, but didn’t know where. When her friend came to pick her up, I told her that she was going. “Really!?” My mom is the cutest 🙂

Birthday Strawberry Shortcake
Mom asked for shortcake for her birthday so Dad and I went off to Fresh Market in the pouring rain- Happy Birthday, Mom!

Strawberries:

  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and slice them
  2. Toss in a bowl with the sugar and place in the fridge for about a half an hour- the juices that come from the strawberries are the yummy part of this dessert!

Shortcake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk, divided

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or silpats.
2. Place flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt in food processor and pulse a few times to mix (If you don’t have a food processor, follow directions below).

3. Add chopped butter to processor and process until just combined and small crumbs.

4. Drizzle 2/3 cup milk (reserve remaining milk) into processor through top while processor is running and process until dough JUST comes together.

5. Place dough on floured work surface and pat dough to form a rectangle about 3/4-inch in thickness.

6. Cut dough into rounds about 2-inch in diameter (or see notes below about alternate shapes/sizes). Reform dough as necessary with scraps being careful not to overwork dough and re-cut into rounds.

7. Place cut biscuits onto prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush tops of biscuits with milk and sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Bake biscuits at 400 degrees F. for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool biscuits on wire rack.

8. To assemble, cut biscuits in half horizontally. Place a dollop of whipped topping/cream onto bottom round and strawberries, and cover with biscuit top.

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Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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