1) a cake made with a relatively large amount of butter or other shortening.
2) a dessert made of short, sometimes sweetened, biscuit dough baked or split in layers, with a filling or topping of strawberries or other fruit. 1
Well, well, well. Turns out the whole sweet biscuit thing is the very definition of strawberry shortcake. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me — short cake. I think it was all those years, growing up, thinking that strawberry shortcake had to be made with those cellophane-packaged, spongy, hyper-preserved “cake bowls” that you can still find in the produce section of large supermarkets. You took one of those, filled it with strawberry pie filling, and topped it with cool whip. That’s why I never liked strawberry shortcake. As it turned out, I never actually had strawberry shortcake.
This recipe is from an old issue of Everyday Food, if you have a subscription you might remember it on the cover. It’s quite simple — if you have a food processor, it comes together super-quick, but if not, it’s just like making biscuits. While the cakes bake, you let the strawberries sit with a little sugar to get just a touch syrupy, and whip the cream. Voila, you have one of the first tastes of summer.
1shortcake. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved May 23, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/shortcake