Between my need for fresh herbs and one of our readers "The Divine Ms. MMM's" craving for green grapes that are now a whopping $9...for grapes...that's right...$9 FOR GRAPES! (It's not like they are already pressed, fermented, and bottled! Or like they are figs or something...now I would pay $9 just to get a fig...I NEVER SEE THEM! GRRRR. ) Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked. What were we talking about? Oh yes, summer cravings. Well, thank heavens that the Florida Strawberries made an appearance at my local grocery last night. I mean lets face it...it's winter, we are down to a very small variety of apples ( can I get a Fuji?), and my favorite citrus (the Clementine) has for the most part come and gone with Christmas. But I always look forward to the winter strawberries from Florida. They taste almost as good as the Indiana summer berries. They are small and packed with strawberry punch. I enjoyed them on my cereal this morning and on my strawberry short cake last night. I adore shortcake. The hint of salty flavor in the bread with the sugary juice of the strawberries is perfect.
You can make these in a biscuit or in a loaf...I used a loaf pan for this particular one. Also, this is really good if you drop it in biscuit form on top of peach pie filling in a small casserole for a quick cobbler.
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3 T shortening
1/2 cup milk
Mix it up and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 mins....you may need to go longer if you do it in a loaf pan...check the center with a toothpick till it's done.