Strawberry shortcake two ways – one recipe for a sweet biscuit-like shortcake and one recipe for a cake-like strawberry shortcake, because I aim to please.
There are two kinds of people in this world – people who like a cake-like strawberry shortcake and those who like a biscuit-like strawberry shortcake. Which side are you on?
I’m not sure where the distinction comes from, but it seems to be geographically as well as family-of-origin based. I wanted to share with you today my favorite cake-like and biscuit-like strawberry shortcake recipes because I’m here to please everyone.
When I was a kid, we lived a few acres just outside of our little town in Southern Indiana. We road bikes up and down our country road, played basketball in our gravel driveway, and grew the most delicious strawberries in our garden. My dad would grow enough berries for us to eat, make freezer jam with, and even sell to a few passers-by. My siblings and I were in charge of picking the berries in the morning before the sun got too hot. We’d go in for lunch and help mom sort and get the berries into cartons, and then we’d spend the rest of the afternoon with a homemade sign and a card table in front of our house. We’d wave down cars with vigor and before we knew it, we’d have a few dollars in our pencil box and an empty table. Mom and Dad lets us save that money to buy souvenirs when we went on vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama in the summer.
We fussed and bickered when it came time to pick the berries some mornings, but looking back, those muggy summer mornings spent in the garden with my siblings are some of my favorite memories. The grass would be heavy with dew, we’d eat strawberries until we were full, and we’d show off the biggest or most perfect berries we found to each other. My brother would catch huge grasshoppers to throw at my little sister, and we’d sing the most current songs we loved. Ideal childhood in my opinion.
I think memories like these are why we are working so hard right now to get our own little piece of land and house – I want this for my kids.
Delicious sun-warmed Indiana strawberries are one of my favorite foods. After dinner, we’d often have strawberry shortcake or homemade ice cream with berries for dessert. I loved my mom’s strawberry shortcake. It was a sweet drop biscuit. My husband grew up with cake for his strawberry shortcake and that’s what he stills loves. I have to admit, I really like them both. So instead of being on Team Sweet Biscuit or on Team Cake, I’m here to let you know that can have the best of both worlds – make them both!