Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's a Strawberry kind of day + giveaway





From Daryl aka Avery:

Well, this is just a "because" recipe today.

Because it's Strawberry Season.

Because it's a Strawberry kind of day.

Because we can always eat Strawberry Shortcake.

And...

Because you probably need to READ, I'm giving away a choice of any of my published books. See the giveaway below!!

So here you go. A simple strawberry recipe and giveaway. For a simple Sunday.

Enjoy!



sweet biscuits
Gluten-free version
(makes 8-9 biscuits)

½ cup butter, very cold
2 cups gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(*For regular biscuits, substitute out the gluten-free flour and omit the xanthan gum)

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the butter into small pieces.  Put back in refrigerator to keep cold.

In a food processor, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add in the butter and pulse until mixture is crumbly and resembles a coarse meal.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg.  Blend in the buttermilk and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly until just combined.

This is a really WET dough.  Using a quarter-cup scoop, turn out 9 biscuits onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Using the bottom of a beverage glass dipped in flour, press down the mounds into round circles. (Don’t make them too flat or they won’t rise well. I’m sure regular flour users will have no problem getting the biscuits to rise!)

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

Let cool completely before splitting in half for Strawberry Shortcake (recipe below). Best served the first day.

FOR STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
(serves 4)

4 biscuits (using recipe above)
2 cups strawberries, rinsed and sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
Heavy cream or whipped cream

Slice the biscuits in half. Set on 4 plates.

Place ¼ cup strawberries on the bottom half of each biscuit. Set the other half of the biscuit on top. Place ¼ cup more strawberries around the biscuit. Drizzle with heavy cream or top with whipped cream.






DON'T PRESS TOO FLAT! THESE ARE A TAD TOO FLAT.












 Giveaway! 

You can win a choice of any of my published books.  
Tell me if you're doing anything fun today!  
Leave an email in case you win so I can contact you.


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61 comments:

  1. Strawberry shortcake was my favorite dessert when I was a kid. Our shortcake was always more like a sponge cake than a biscuit though. Fun things today? I don't know yet. We have suddenly had cooler weather descend so maybe a walk through the neighborhood.

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    1. Pat, A walk on a cool day sounds terrific! Enjoy. ~ Daryl

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    2. I was fixated on strawberries. Forgot my email. patdupuy@yahoo.com

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  2. Strawberry Shortcake has always been a favorite treat. I have laundry and other chores that need to be done today. We'll see if I actually do any of them. Thank you for the recipe and chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Daniele, take a book into the laundry room. LOL ~ Daryl

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  3. Alas, local strawberry season is more than two months away here in Ontario but I will enjoy these virtually! Love all kinds of strawberry desserts. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Really? I'm so sorry to hear that, but then this should be perfect for July 4th! :) ~ Daryl

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  4. I'm going to read today and pretend I don't see the snow that's falling now and then outside.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, gosh, still having snow? Yipes! Enjoy the reading. ~ Daryl

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  5. I love strawberry shortcake. It's cold and rainy today, so I have been watching a mystery marathon on Hallmark Mysteries, drinking coffee and reading.
    elainehroberson@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, what fun. I love mystery marathon days! Lucky you. ~ Daryl (Not for the cold and rainy but for the "fun" you created.)

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  6. Going for a walk with my dog Josie , the sun is shining in Wisconsin! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com thank you

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  7. While the biscuits are baking and cooling, you could macerate the berries with a bit of sugar. That way they will have lovely juice to ooze into the mix.
    Amazingly, local strawberry season is about to end here in south Florida! It's about too get too hot.

    Today is a family dinner with my very quick chicken Parmesan (Boneless chicken breasts in a pan with good tomato sauce, seasoning on the breasts, a sprinkling of Parmesan, then some mozzarella. Cover with foil, bake 30 minutes at 375, uncover and bake another 15 minutes.)
    Easy peasy. My daughter likes it better than regular chicken Parm.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, I'm going to try this easy chicken Parmesan. Love it! ~ Daryl

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  8. Strawberry season not for 6weeks but loved the recipe. Just reading and watching Death in Paradise on netflix for fun.Candykennedy45@gmail.com.

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    1. Reading and watching at the same time? I love a multitasker! ~ Daryl

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  9. That sweet biscuit will make strawberry shortcake even better, if possible. I just got a new mixer and a food processor I haven't even used yet, so my fun thing today will be making this strawberry shortcake.

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    1. Sue, I love my processor. Wow. I don't know how I made things before that really needed to turn into that "meal" texture. So great! ~ Daryl

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  10. We mulched beds and put in a couple of plants this morning. IT's a beautiful day out.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. I adore gardening. Lucky you, Sandy! ~ Daryl

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  11. We were in SC for a baseball tournament last week and had the absolute BEST homemade strawberry soft serve ice-cream! I love strawberries, and your shortcake looks very yummy! :-) Today is my son's 22nd (How did THAT happen?!?) birthday - we're "grilling the subject" (aka steaks tonight) and I'm making him an ice-cream cake (bottom layer is flourless chocolate, next is vanilla ice-cream, next is crumbled chocolate shortbread cookies, next is chocolate ice-cream, and finally a chocolate ganache), so that's my fun thing for the day. Happy Sunday to one and all! :-)

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    1. nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com :-)

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    2. Oh, yum, what a delicious day!!! Yum! Must try your dessert. :) ~ Daryl

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  12. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love strawberries and will have to give this a try. Today I'm just spending the day relaxing and catching up on the blogs I follow. I had a big day yesterday since it was my birthday so I need a day of peace, ha. Thanks for the giveaway!! jdchaotickittie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  13. Thanks for the yummy recipe, it's already strawberry season here in Florida, so this is perfect timing. My husband and I will be going for a short flight this afternoon.
    cecilialyoung@gmail.com

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    1. Enjoy the flight. I bet it will be gorgeous! ~ Daryl

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  14. Today is laundry and watch some things I have recorded day. That's pretty much fun. So sorry for Sue and her snow. Yesterday it was close to 100 here. It's only 83 right now and still going up.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yeah, it's hot in California, too. Snow...What's that? Haven't seen any in 2 years! Miss it. A little. :) ~ Daryl

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  15. ❤️❤️Strawberry shortcake and often asked for this as my "birthday cake" as a kid!! Flew home from Florida vacation to visit family & back to "chilly" home in upstate NY- long day but read a ton which I enjoyed !! ksinn@twcny.rr.com

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  16. Watched a couple episodes of Murdoch mysteries on Acorn TV and now going to read. Love strawberry shortcake.

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    1. Murdoch mysteries. I don't know those. Good for you. ~ Daryl

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  17. Your recipe looks delicious. Our strawberries won't be ripe until the middle of June.
    Try mashing your strawberries sometime with a potato masher and sweeten them. Then put on your biscuits. The biscuits absorb the strawberry juice and just makes them that much more delicious.
    My fun thing to do today was, I sat and read a mystery. Sorry to say it wasn't yours because I have read them all (Avery Aames and Daryl Wood Gerber) except your standalone GIRL ON THE RUN.
    Love all of your books.
    Nancy
    nlf@windstream.net

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    1. Mashed strawberries sounds good. Libby mentioned that. I definitely sweetened them with sugar, which brought out the juice. :) ~ Daryl

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  18. Love strawberry shortcake & this recipe looks delicious. I took a long walk by the lake where I live. I have been doing all sorts of things to get ready for my Sister-in-Law & her family coming out tonight from Georgia. We are going to do some sprucing of my house to get ready to put it on the market. They are also coming out because I'm doing a Memorial Service for my Husband who passed away almost 6 months ago. It was too cold back then to do something so we are doing it next Saturday in his hometown of Bronson, Mi. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you well. I understand the sorrow. ~ Daryl

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  20. I love strawberry shortcake. Didn't do anything too exciting today. Grocery shopping, laundry, and cross stitching. Thanks for the recipe and chance to win a book! mcastor07(@)Gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Cross stitching sounds like fun. Good for you. ~ Daryl

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  21. What I did today = barre workout, caught up on magazine reading (I read books way more than magazines, and then the latter piles up, haha), and spent quality time with family. Love Sundays! EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Magazines - hard to keep up with those, isn't it? ~ Daryl

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  22. READING TODAY TOO COLD TO BE OUTSIDE! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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    1. Hope the reading was fun. Sounds great. A blanket, a book. ~ Daryl

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  23. What I did fun today was go to Church, then out to breakfast and then home to await the arrival of our granddaughters. Great day!! Thank you for a chance to read another of your books, they are great. embam1969@comcast.net

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  24. I got a full body massage, helped my mother with a few tasks and snuggling with my pup while we go thru my face book. a great day!
    Souliasmithls00@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh a massage and a pup snuggle? Wonderful! ~ Daryl

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    2. Lyn, by random number selector, you won! Congrats! I'll email you for your info. : ) ~ Daryl

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  25. amy guillaume lindermanApril 24, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    i'm going to a baby shower...maybe they will serve this! aelinderman@bcglobal.net

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    1. Amy, what fun. Kiss the future mom for me. Luck is always good! ~ Daryl

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  26. We spent hours with the grandsons since it is his birthday today. Then I walked and read. An ideal day. elliotbencan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I sat outside and enjoyed reading in the sunshine and warmth. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love that so many read today! What fun. ~ Daryl

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  28. By random number selector, Lyn S won this giveaway. Thanks to all for chiming in. I hope every day is a glorious day for each of you! ~ Daryl

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  29. Yesterday we were returning from a trip and then it was unpacking and reorganizing. Today was a Dr. Appt and going out to dinner with my husband. Routine day. Cynthia
    ceblain (AT) tmlponline (DOT) net

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