Strawberry season in East Tennessee is time to enjoy the best of vine -ripened goodness! You have several options for enjoying these juicy berries in the tradition of strawberry shortcake!
Start with the ripest berries you can find, cap and slice them in half.
Add granulated cane sugar to taste, and mash berries in a bowl. Cover and let them sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
If you choose to make homemade whipped cream, start with one cup of heavy whipping cream, add two tablespoons sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
Your cake can come in several forms. The easiest may be the spongecake you can find in most grocery stores.
A semi-homemade alternative to could be a store-bought sugar cookie dough that you can bake into cookies.
A homemade version of a cake or shortcake can be scratch-made pie crust, baked flat, then broken into pieces.
Build your shortcake any way you'd like, with your choice of cake/cookie, berries and cream. Or create an ingredient bar and let guests build their own strawberry shortcake they way they'd like.
Enjoy those berries while they last!