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.


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.


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.

(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.



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  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.

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

    2. I was fixated on strawberries. Forgot my email.

  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

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

  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

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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

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

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

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

  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.

    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

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

  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! :-)

    1. :-)

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

  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

  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.

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