Monday, April 5, 2010

Real Simple Dessert

Yesterday was Brent's birthday. With Easter and a birthday, it was quite a celebration! On Saturday, I wanted to make him a good dessert. The problem was, I didn't think about this until I was at the grocery store picking up a few things. Brent's two favorite desserts are cheesecake and strawberry shortcake. Cheesecake has to chill overnight, so that was clearly out of the question. So I settled on strawberry shortcake. Seeing as how I didn't have the recipe with me, I called my trusty mother to ask her what I needed to buy. Since she is a very good mom, she went and looked up the recipe while I was on the phone. She started to read off the list of ingredients which included Crisco and Cream of Tartar, among many other things I do not have. Then she suddenly stopped and said, "Here's what you do. Buy a box of Bisquick. The recipe is on the box." Done and done! I'm all for "from scratch", but let's be honest. I'd rather eat the shortcake then spend all day making it. Here is what you will need to purchase to make this real simple dessert:
That's right. Just Bisquick, whipping cream, and strawberries. You will also need butter, sugar, and milk, but I'm pretty sure you already have those things, so you don't need to purchase them.

The recipe is indeed on the back of the box, but just in case you're doubting how easy it is, here's how I made it. The whole process took 15 minutes.

1. Heat oven to 425.

2. Stir together 2 1/3 c. Bisquick mix with 3 T. melted butter, 1/2 c. milk, and 3 T. sugar. (I used Splenda)

3. Spoon the dough into 4 - 6 biscuits on the cookie sheet. (depending on how big you want your cakes to be)

4. Bake cakes 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

5. While cakes are baking, thinly slice a container of strawberries. Stir with a few spoonfuls of sugar or Splenda. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

6. Pour entire carton of whipping cream into stand mixer. Add a few spoonfuls of sugar or Splenda. Begin beating on low and gradually increase to high until cream thickens - a few minutes.

7. Cut cakes in half. Top with strawberries, whipped cream, and the other half of the cake.

8. Devour. Don't look at exercise tracker at all. It's better that way.

As long as you hide the Bisquick box in the pantry, you could easily be mistaken for a pastry chef. You should also remind your guests multiple times that the whipped cream is homemade and not from a tub or aerosol can. So there you have it: Real simple dessert.

Come back tomorrow for a real simple snack!


1 comment:

Liz said...

YUM YUM AND YUM!!! I'm definitely using this recipe. Thanks friend! :)

(My "word verification" was emartar. At first it looked a little like martha... and we all know who THAT reminds us of! ;)

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