Up here on the North Shore, we haven’t seen the sun in….a long time. It’s achieved record-setting proportions.
Strawberries are the last sweet shred of life I am clinging to. We picked up some Marini’s strawberries from the Marblehead Farmer’s Market on Saturday. On Sunday, no egrets made strawberry shortcake.
Slice up the strawberries, add a tiny bit of sugar (maybe a teaspoon) if the strawberries are not very sweet. You can add lemon juice if they are excessively sweet (if you believe in excess in that department).
Pound Cake (from Joy of Cooking, ca. 1964)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix 4 c flour
1 ts salt
4 ts baking powder
Mix 1 cup milk
2 ts vanilla
2 Tb yer favorite likker (that would taste good in a pound cake. No sour pucker. Ew.)
Cream 1 1/2 cups of butter, and then add
3 cups of sugar (gradually).
Add 8 eggs, one at a time; beat thoroughly after each one.
Keep mixing and alternate adding flour mixture and wet mixture. Stir until thoroughly blended.
Baked in a greased loaf pan for 15 or 20 min, or until a toothpick comes out reasonably clean.
Take a pint of heavy cream. Whip it up in your mixer, and add (slowly) up to 5 Tb of sugar and 2-3 ounces of your favorite dessert-embellishing liquor (we prefer bourbon or Grand Marnier in these parts). Once it looks like whipped cream, you are done.
Combine and pretend it is summer.