Thursday, April 30, 2009

what are you doing?

what're you doing?

not too much?

you should plant some strawberries. actually you should go back in time and plant strawberries a month ago.

because then you'd be a month closer to strawberry shortcake.

well, whether or not you are inspired to plant strawberries or not, here is what you need to know about once you track down those elusive flushed cheek flashes of the seasons first tiny strawberries.

cream biscuits (poached from alice waters with some interpretations)

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
as much or as little sugar as you want (up to 2-3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon baking powder
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
1 cup heavy cream

preheat the oven to 400 degrees. stir the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together and then cut in the butter, mix until it has the consistency of coarse meal. pour almost all of the milk into a well in the middle and mix with a fork until it comes together . here's the important part, you have to let it be, don't fuddle about with it too much, as soon as it has started coming together and holds together well, knead it a bit in the bowl and then turn it out onto a floured board and roll until it's 3/4 inch thick (if you want to have a more manageable size to deal with you can cut it in half first and have two pieces to work with). cut into whatever shape you'd like, squares, circles, unicorns and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment, brush the leftover cream on top and bake for 20 minutes or as soon as they are cooked through and golden.

eat a bunch of those with honey and peanut butter and just imagine the next part falling into place...the strawberry compote. stay tuned.

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