Cream Scones versus Shortcake
It is dreary yet again outside. Dreary Sundays actually can be very nice. In particular when I do not have to go outside. I can spend the entire day inside the cozy warmth of my flat, reading snuggled within my sofa and being in my element creating something within the kitchen.
I decided for the latter and made my way into the kitchen. At first I thought about making muffins or scones, but I wanted to do something different today. I wanted something with colour-something to brighten up to day and to offer me a taste of spring.
I flipped through my cookbooks and saw pictures of lemon cakes, pancakes and strawberry Shortcake! I flipped back and was definitely held by the picture of the ripe, red and juicy strawberries in the book.
That is what it will be!
I had never made them before and as I remember that my mom used to make them when we lived in the United States. They were delicious and wonder why, after having left the States she never made them again. I must ask her.
I did not have fresh strawberries, but frozen ones I had purchased a couple of weeks ago. I had no idea what I would use them for when I got them. Strawberry shortcakes now became the perfect reason! When I told my partner that we would be having strawberry shortcakes, he made a weird face and asked me what it was. So, I explained it to him-a light sweet biscuit-cake with strawberry sauce on top.
Then he twisted his face even further as if he had a huge lime in his mouth, and as if this was the most unappetizing thing he had ever heard. Then he promptly stated that he would not be eating any. O.K. For him, bisquits are something savoury and using the terms bisquit and cake in one sentence was clearly a turn-off.
So, I went along my way and prepared, (for myself), some shortcake and strawberry sauce. As they came out of the oven, I heard my partner’s footsteps coming closer and closer. “So you are not making those things you said?” I told him that they were shortcakes? He looked at me and said “No, they are scones.”
In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that he was perhaps not incorrect with his statement. I had never even thought about it before, and actually I could not really tell you what the actually difference is between a shortcake biscuit and the scone. There are just as many shortcake recipes out there and varieties as there are for scones. I discovered that a shortcake can be anything from a regular cake to a dense bisquit to a light scone! And what I made was actually the best scones I had ever baked in my oven. I have made several and I mean several versions of scones and have never really been perfectly satisfied with the outcome…but now..by default, I have finally found it!
So, I made the strawberry sauce, slit the “scones” in half, topped each layer with the sauce and closed the treat with a dab of sweetened cream cheese.
My partner loved it!
After breakfast, I looked at some more recipes and decided to try yet another version of the shortcake. This second version was literally a cake-a vanilla cake, which was very light in texture and perfect enough to soak up the strawberry sauce. Instead of making little cakes, I poured the batter into a single cake pan, cut into wedges and served with the strawberry sauce.
It was just as good, but more of a dessert-y treat which I would serve for after dinner or with an afternoon tea as opposed to breakfast.