I said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m OBSESSED with cake! But often times I find that my funds are low so on many occasions I have to bypass the spots where I can get my cake fix. When I’m really going through withdrawal and my addiction gets the best of me, I do what I gotta do. That means I head to the kitchen, cookbook in hand, and I raid the cabinets for ingredients that can be combined into something that will suffice.
Claude DeLucca served as my savior in my latest breakdown. Her book 68 Original and Authentic Desserts and Recipes served as my scripture. There was nothing I needed more than 68 options for dessert. However, I must admit, I feel like DeLucca should’ve incorporated the word “pudding” into her cookbook title because about half of the recipes are pudding recipes. Pudding is great but I’m no Bill Cosby when it comes to it. I’m more of a pastry girl so I found the recipes for “Maria’s Strawberry Shortcake” much more feasible for my purpose.
The recipe was short and sweet, just how I like it. It called for:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of lard
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
*Butter or shortening can be used as a substitute for lard.
Bake ten or fifteen minutes in a good hot oven. Split and fill with mashed and sweetened berries. Cover with whipped cream and garnish with whole berries.
Voila! Sweet tooth satisfaction!