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Barbecue For Breakfast!

Barbecue for breakfast is trending at restaurants, so why not at your house?

Flavor & The Menu, a trendspotting website for chefs, reports:

“While barbecue remains a popular choice at lunch and dinner, it is actually the fastest-growing breakfast flavor today” [source].

Dishes spotted on menus:

  • Rise ’N Shine Benny: Buttermilk biscuit, a sunny-side-up egg on top of our smoked pulled pork, smothered in barbecue-hollandaise sauce, chive garnish, at Vicious Biscuit, based in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • Barbacoa Breakfast Tacos: Three tortillas with seasoned braised beef barbacoa, scrambled cage-free eggs, scallions, melted cheddar, and Monterey Jack, lime crema, Cotija cheese, pico de gallo, and fresh avocado with a side of black beans, at First Watch, based in Bradenton, Fla.
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle: Slow-roasted pulled pork, “pig roast” barbecue sauce, and cole slaw, at Dan’s Waffles, Merchantville, N.J.
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    Brisket For Breakfast
    A loaded Breakfast Brisket Tostada (photo © Compass Group).

  • Breakfast Brisket Tostada (in photo), a crunchy breakfast/brunch dish that spreads a seasoned black bean purée over tostadas, then bakes them and layers the tostadas with pulled brisket and chimichurri, topped with a fried egg and a sprinkle of Cotija cheese and fresh cilantro, at Compass Group.
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    Now you have more ideas about how to serve leftover barbecue!
     
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    Grilled Belgian Endive Recipe & The History Of Belgian Endive

    You may have grilled romaine, but how about grilled endive?

    Thanks to modern farming techniques, endive is available year-round.

    It can be grilled, added to salads, or used as “boats” to hold finger foods at parties—the latter an easy-to-make, no-cooking dish that looks impressive. Appetizers, salads, mains, sides, soups—even for dessert, you can make a type of Tarte Tatin using endive instead of apples.

    Here are dozens of endive recipes from California endive growers.

    If you’re grilling this weekend, here’s a simple side with big flavor.

    Grilled endives also provide the base for a great summer salad. See the variation below.

    A leaf of endive has just one calorie! It’s a good source of potassium, vitamins, and minerals, high in complex fiber, and promotes digestive health.
     
     
    RECIPE: GRILLED BELGIAN ENDIVE

    Ingredients

  • 3-4 heads endive, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped fresh rosemary
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the grill over a medium flame. Brush each endive half with olive oil and place on the grill, cut side down to start. Let cook for 8–10 minutes.

    2. TURN over and cook the endives for another 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally and lowering the flame if needed until the endives soften.

    3. SEASON with salt and pepper, garnish with chopped rosemary. Serve hot or allow to cool and serve at room temperature

    Variation

    For a salad, cut the grilled and cooled endives crosswise into one-inch slices. Mix with crumbled feta or goat chevre, roasted nuts, and baby arugula, dressed with additional olive oil and a squeeze of lemon or lime as desired.
     
     
    THE HISTORY OF BELGIAN ENDIVE

    Belgian endive (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is a member of the chicory family, Asteraceae, which includes Belgian endive, curly endive, escarole, frisée, puntarelle, and radicchio.

    They are part of the chicory family of leafy greens (Asteraceae, the daisy family). They can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

    Belgian endive and curly endive are both in the chicory genus. Belgian endive is botanically known as part of Chichorium intybus. It’s grown from chicory roots in a dark environment.

    Shaped like a torpedo, Belgian endive grows to about six inches in length. It has tender white leaves with either yellow or red-colored leaf edges.

    Belgian endive is a pleasantly bitter, nutty, and refreshingly crisp vegetable with a delicate crunch. Once considered a luxury imported from Europe, it is now grown in California year-round).

    The ancestral plant is native to western Asia, North Africa, and Europe [source]. The plant has a history reaching back to ancient Egypt.

    In ancient Rome, a dish called puntarelle was made with chicory sprouts. It was mentioned by the Roman poet Horace (65 B.C.E. to 8 B.C.E.) in reference to his own diet, which he describes as very simple:

     

    Grilled Endive
    [1] Grilled Belgian endive tastes even better with a sprinkling of rosemary leaves (all photos © Endive.com).

    Endive With Root
    [2] This is what endive looks like when it’s pulled from the ground. The long roots of the chicory family of plants can be dried and ground for a coffee substitute.

    Belgian Endive For Grilled Belgian Endive Recipe
    [3] Belgian endive has two subspecies: green tips and red tips.

     
    Me pascunt olivae, me cichorea, me malvae” (“As for me, olives, endives, and mallows provide sustenance”).
    The wild plant has been cultivated in Europe since the 16th century.

    But the variety known as Belgian endive was first discovered by accident in the 1830s by Jan Lammers, a Belgian chicory farmer. After harvesting the greens, he decided to store the roots in his cellar to dry and use as a coffee substitute.

    Lammers had to leave his farm for several months to serve in the Belgian War of Independence. When he returned he discovered that the chicory roots had sprouted small, white leaves. He tasted them and found them to be tender, moist, and pleasingly bitter.

    It took another few decades to commercially cultivate what he called witloof chicory. Witloof is Flemish for “white leaf.”

    A Belgian botanist named Brézier then went on to refine a cultivation method to the point where it could be grown commercially. Markets in Brussels began carrying endive in 1846, and then in 1872 it was introduced in Paris and it became so popular (and pricey) that it was nicknamed “white gold” [source].

    Endive is pricey because it’s one of the most difficult vegetables in the world to grow. There’s a two-step growing process:

  • The first growth takes about 150 days in the field, where the chicory grows from seed into a leafy green plant with a deep tap root.
  • At harvest, the tops of the leafy plant are cut off, and the roots are dug up and placed in cold storage, where they enter a dormancy period.
  • Based on marketplace demand, these roots are removed from cold storage for their second growth, which takes 28 days in dark, cool, humid forcing rooms (similar to a mushroom growing facility).
  • This labor-intensive growing technique is called blanching. The control over the initiation of this second growing process allows for the year-round production of endive.
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    In contrast, curly endive, Cichorium endivia, which includes batavia lettuce, escarole, and frisée, is simply grown in the fields as green curly lettuce.

    Commercially grown Belgian endive is exported mainly from western Europe with Belgium contributing the largest share [source].
     
     

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    Fix & Fogg: More Great Artisan Nut Butters

    Jar Of Everything Nut Butter Fix & Fogg
    [1] Everything Butter is a symphony of nutritious nuts and seed (all photos © Fix & Fogg).

    A Jar Of Choc Berry Everything Butter From Fix & Fogg
    [2] How to make Everything Butter even better? Add chocolate and chunks of cherries!

    A Jar Of Oaty Nut Butter From Fix & Fogg
    [3] Oaty Nut Butter has oats plus cashews, peanuts, coconut, sunflower and chia seeds.

    Pancakes With Almond Butter Fix & Fogg
    [3] Who needs maple syrup, when you can add protein to your pancakes with nut butter?

     

    Last November, we discovered Fix & Fogg Nut Butters, a brand from New Zealand that made outstanding nut butters—almond, cashew, hazelnut, and peanut—that have won awards worldwide.

    We declared them to be great stocking stuffers. And we have been happily eating them ever since. Three of our particular passions: the peanut butters in Coffee And Maple, Dark Chocolate, and Smoke And Fire.

    Beyond PB sandwiches, we typically eat them right from the jar: a spoonful of delectable protein (8 g per two-tablespoon serving) along with our morning coffee, a wonderful way to avoid refined carbs.

    You can make sandwiches, cook, and bake with it, of course. There are recipes on the website, and you can download a free e-book.

    Recently, we had the opportunity to focus on four more flavors:

  • Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Everything Butter (almonds, chia, flaxseed, hemp, peanuts, pepitas, sesame, sunflower seeds)
  • Choc Berry Everything Butter (the same plus chocolate and chewy berry pieces)
  • Oaty Nut Butter (cashews, coconut, oats, peanuts, sunflower seeds
  • Super Crunchy Peanut Butter
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    Not surprisingly: Exquisite!

    And there are so many more varieties to try. Just head to the website to see the glorious bounty of nut butters.

    So Fix & Fogg is our Top Pick Of The Week: delicious food that is good for you, too.
     
     
    SO VERY GOOD?

    One can only smile at the taste and texture of each of these top-quality nut butters. You can taste the quality of the nuts, plus:

  • No added sugar, palm oil or additives.
  • No sugar added†.
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    Take the taste test: Try them and judge for yourself how good they are.
     
     
    ABOUT FIX & FOGG

    The name Fix & Fogg comes from two characters from the classic 1873 adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne: Phileas Fogg and Detective Fix. Like the story, the idea of embarking on a great journey, taking risks, and trying new things, resonated with F&F’s founders.

    “Although we’re not quite sold in 80 countries around the world,” they say, “maybe one day we could do just that.”

    Beyond New Zealand and Australia, the brand has sailed to China, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Tahiti and the U.S.

    Come on Canada! Come on Europe! Come on Latin America, where the peanut and cashew originated. Great nut butters await you!

    Toward their sustainability goals, Fix & Fogg is the first New Zealand-owned food manufacturer to be awarded B Corp certification.

    B Corporations are businesses that act in ways that benefit society as a whole. B stands for beneficial.

    What defines B Corporations is their belief that the purpose of a company is not just to make money, but to also do social and environmental good.

    B Corp entrepreneurs are committed to a vision of using their businesses as forces for good: for inclusive, environmentally-sustainable prosperity. You can profit while doing good.

    The B Corp certification was launched a decade ago. More than 2,200 companies in more than 50 countries are now certified. Here’s more about them.
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF PEANUT BUTTER

    > THE HISTORY OF PEANUTS

    > THE HISTORY OF ALMONDS

    > THE HISTORY OF CASHEWS

     

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    *Peanut butter is rich in heart-healthy fats and is a good source of protein. A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains up to 8 grams of protein and 2 to 3 grams of fiber [source].

    †There are small amounts of sugar in the chocolate flavors and small amounts of maple syrup in the maple flavors.

     
     

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    Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe For National Lobster Day

    June 15th, National Lobster Day. Decisions, decisions. A lobster roll? Lobster and avocado salad? Broiled lobster tails? Lobster pot pie?

    We’re going for Lobster Mac & Cheese today. Inspired by this recipe from DeLallo, we made a big batch and paired it with a buttery Chardonnay, 2019 Au Bon Climat Los Alamos Historic Vineyard Chardonnay, from Santa Barbara County.

    The recipe uses both Gruyére and Havarti cheeses. DeLallo used its Shellbows pasta, this ridged, shell-elbow hybrid is great for thicker, creamier sauces, that are easily captured in its curved tube and ridged exterior.

    You can substitute other ridged pasta, like rigatoni.

    > The history of macaroni and cheese.

    > The history of pasta.

    > The history of lobster.

    > More lobster recipes for National Lobster Day.

    > More macaroni and cheese recipes.
     
     
    RECIPE: LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE
     
    Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package DeLallo Shellbows Pasta or pasta of choice
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), divided
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 12 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces Havarti cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1½ pounds cooked lobster meat
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain. Meanwhile…

    2. MELT 6 tablespoons of butter in a large pot. Whisk in the flour and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until thickened and smooth, about another 2-3 minutes.

    3. REMOVE the pot from the heat and add the cheeses, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the cooked pasta and lobster to coat.

    4. DIVIDE between 6 individual gratin dishes (or ramekins or other oven-proof dishes—if you don’t have individual dishes, use one large dish). Bake for 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly.

    5. MELT the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot. Stir in the breadcrumbs. Top the gratin dishes with the buttery breadcrumbs and broil for 5 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are browned on the top. Serve immediately.
     
     

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    *A buttery texture can be found in Chardonnay that goes through malolactic fermentation, a process that softens the acidity of the wine. It converts the harsh malic acid in the pressed grape juice into the more palatable, softer lactic acid. The sharp acid notes are reduced, and the wine has a softer, buttery texture. Aging in oak provides buttery flavor notes.

     


    [1] Make this delicious Lobster Mac & Cheese for National Lobster Day (photos #1 and #2 © DeLallo).

    Shellbows Pasta Hybrid For Mac & Cheese Recipe
    [2] Shellbows are a hybrid shape of shells and elbows, meant to catch more sauce per forkful.

    Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe
    [3] This Lobster Mac & Cheese adds some red jalapeño heat (photo © Melissa’s).

    Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe
    [4] A sprig of fresh sage makes a nice garnish (photo © Tillamook).

     

     
     
     

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    A Strawberry Shortcake Stack Cake Recipe & Shortcake History

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [1] Strawberry Shortcake, in the stack cake style. The recipe is below (photo © Go Bold With Butter).

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [2] Strawberry Shortcake made with poundcake. Here’s the recipe (photo © The Baker Chick).

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [3] Japanese-style Strawberry Shortcakes use a sponge base (photo © Recipe Tin Japan).

    Strawberry Shortcake On A Biscuit Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [4] A classic Strawberry Shortcake on a biscuit (a.k.a. shortcake). Here’s the recipe (photo © King Arthur Baking).

    Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [5] Another biscuit Strawberry Shortcake. This one uses orange zest-accented whipped cream. Here’s the recipe (photo © Driscoll’s).

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [6] A mixed berry Stack Cake. Here’s the recipe (photo © Driscoll’s).

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipe For National Strawberry Shortcake Day
    [7] A yellow layer cake style of Strawberry Shortcake, with elderflower whipped cream filling, frosting, and lots of berry decoration. Here’s the recipe from Fiona Cairns, the baker who made William and Catherine’s wedding cake (photo © Laura Edwards).

    Fraisier And Genoise French Cake
    [8] The French version of Strawberry Shortcake is a Fraisie, made with layer of genoise sponge, diplomat cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry syrup. The name derives from the French word fraises, strawberries. Here’s the recipe (photo © G Bakes).

    Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake
    [9] A Strawberry Shortcake cupcake: yellow cake, whipped cream, and a fresh strawberry (photo © Yummy Cupcakes).

     

    June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day, which can mean anything from a layer cake with strawberries in the filling (photo #3), to a biscuit topped with whipped cream and strawberries (photo #4)—the latter of which, in fact, is the original Strawberry Shortcake.

    Today, Strawberry Shortcake gets reimagined as a stunning stack cake (a.k.a. naked cake), perfect for summer entertaining (photo #1).

    Don’t be intimidated by its beautiful presentation: This cake is actually quite easy to assemble.

    You don’t have to be an ace of cakes to turn out this beautiful layer cake recipe. That’s because no frosting skills are required!

    And of course, you can substitute other berries, stone fruits (apricots, nectarines, peaches), or a combination.
     
     
    STACK CAKE vs. NAKED CAKE vs. Layer Cake

  • A stack cake is a cake made from stacked layers with filling. Traditionally the cakes were made in a cast iron skillet (in the days before poorer folk had neither cake pans nor ovens), but now they are baked.
  • A naked cake is a cake style that omits the majority of frosting you would normally see on the exterior of a cake. The cake layers are baked and stacked with lots of filling and do not have an outer layer of frosting. So, if you forgo the original stack cake made in a cast iron skillet, a stack cake = a naked cake.
  • A layer cake is a cake of two or more layers, with filling between the layers and frosting over the entire outer surface of the cake. The outer frosting differentiates it from a stack cake o naked cake.
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    After you’re done whipping up the stack cake, turn your attention to…

    > More Strawberry Shortcake recipes below.

    > The history of shortcake is below.

    > The history of strawberries.
     
     
    RECIPE: STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE STACK CAKE

    Thanks to Go Bold With Butter for this delicious recipe.

    Prep time: is 30 minutes, and cook time is 30 minutes. Total time: 1 hour. Yield: 12 servings

    You can serve Strawberry Shortcake with sparkling rosé. The berry fruitiness of sparkling rosé echoes the fragrant strawberries in the cake.
     
    Ingredients

    For The Cake

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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    For The Strawberries

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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    For The Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Line two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Butter and flour the parchment paper to keep the cakes from sticking.

    2. BEAT the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until pale and creamy, about 3-4 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary.

    3. COMBINE the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl between each addition.

    4. DIVIDE the batter between the two prepared cake pans and bake until the tops are barely golden brown and spring back when lightly touched, about 30-35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature. Cover the cake layers with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

    When ready to assemble the cake and serve…

    5. PREPARE the strawberries. Toss the sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

    6. PREPARE the whipped cream. Use an electric mixer to beat the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract to medium peaks.

    7. REMOVE the chilled cake layers from the refrigerator and use a small knife to score each layer in half horizontally. Then use a large serrated knife to slowly cut all the way through each layer, using the scored line as a guide.

    8. PLACE one cake layer on a cake plate or stand. Cover with 1 cup of whipped cream and one-quarter of the strawberry mixture. Repeat with the remaining cake layers, whipped cream, and strawberries. Serve cake immediately.
     
     
    STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE HISTORY

    While shortcakes are made with other berries and with stone fruits (peaches, plums) the most popular version is strawberry shortcake. Sliced strawberries are mixed with sugar and some vanilla, and allowed to macerate.

    To make a modern shortcake, a sweetened biscuit—the eponymous shortcake—is split and the bottom covered with the strawberries, and then a layer of whipped cream. The juice relinquished by the berries during maceration is spooned on top, and the other portion of the shortcake placed on top of that.

    In the U.K., a shortcake is what Americans call a biscuit. (In the U.K., a biscuit is a cookie.) A “shortened” dough is leavened with baking powder or baking soda.

    “Short” does not refer to stature. Rather, it’s a common baking term that derived in the 15th century, when “short” became a term for “crumbly.” (The origin of the word “shortening” dates to 1733.)

    It is an old concept. The first known printed record of the term “short cake,” and the earliest recipe for it, appear in an Elizabethan cookbook, The Good Huswifes Handmaid for Cookerie in her Kitchen (London, 1588)—which was the second printed cookbook in English [source].

    By 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert in England, served with sweetened cream. Whipped cream had not yet arrived. Some sources say that it wasn’t until 1910 that French pastry chefs added heavy whipped cream.[source].

    But we have a long way to go until then. Let’s cross the pond.

    Earlier American recipes, which lasted into the 21st century, particularly in the South, used pie crust rounds or broken-up crust pieces.

    Eliza Leslie (1787–1858), an American author of popular cookbooks during the 19th century, published a precursor recipe in The Lady’s Receipt-Book (Philadelphia, 1847). It popularized the concept of shortcake, but it was unleavened—more of a cookie.

    With the advent of chemical leavening in the 19th century—first potash, then baking soda—it was time for leavened shortcakes to emerge as a popular base for strawberries. Some American shortcakes became more like what we’d recognize as cake.

    Although it was still made without whipped cream, desserts called “strawberry shortcake” became popular in the U.S.

  • In Holidays Abroad, by Caroline Kirkland (New York, 1849) it is called “…gateau aux fraises – which proved to be just what is called at the West a strawberry shortcake.”
  • The October 1857 issue of The American Cotton Planter and the Soil of the South (Montgomery, Alabama) noted: “Strawberry shortcake is a luxury. Make a large, thick shortcake, split it twice through, and spread with butter and a layer of fresh strawberries and sugar, put the parts together again, and serve hot.” [source]
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    Cream Arrives, But It’s Not Yet Whipped

    In the June 1862 issue of the Genesee Farmer (Rochester, New York), “Strawberry Shortcake” consisted of a soda biscuit layered with fresh berries, sugar, and cream: “The cake should be made like soda biscuit, rather richer, but very light…split it in three parts, and spread them with butter very thinly…Spread a thick layer of [strawberries and sugar] upon one of the sliced of the cake, and pour over them the richest cream that you can process; then add another layer of the shortcake and another of strawberries, as before. [source]

    A similar recipe with three cake layers, berries, and cream was included in Jennie June’s American Cookbook by Jane Cunningham Croly (New York, 1866), the author noting: “This is the method of making at the finest city restaurants.” [Ibid.]

    In post-Civil War America, strawberry shortcake was the rage, a summer specialty. Local strawberries were available then, and with the advent of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, California strawberries could be shipped on ice across the country, extending the brief season. Strawberry-topped shortcakes surged in popularity. [Ibid.]

     
    Finally: Whipped Cream!

    By the end of the 1800s, many American households stored their perishable foods in an insulated icebox made of wood and lined with tin or zinc. A large block of ice was stored inside to keep the food chilled. Cream could be kept at hand and whipped to make shortcakes. (Electric refrigerators became available in the 1930s.)

    Whipped cream’s popularity corresponded to home refrigeration. Strawberry shortcake recipes with whipped cream became standard—if festive occasion—fare [source].

    In those days, strawberries were a summer season treat, available fresh in and around the month of June. The crop frequently lasted through July 4th festivities.

    Many Americans would look forward to annual shortcake parties to herald the onset of summer [Ibid]. (We are old enough to remember this!)
     
    Strawberry Shortcake Becomes A Year-Round Treat

    Following the growth of Big Agriculture after World War II, large farmers’ co-ops and distribution companies began to emerge. To meet growing demand for America’s favorite fruit (strawberries) beyond the summer, seed developers created strawberry cultivars for just about every type of growing soil and climate. This led to the ability of year-round strawberry crops.

    The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of strawberries. While strawberries are grown in every state, California, Florida, and Oregon the top three strawberry-producing states. California produces the lion’s share, and the state has so many different growing regions that it can produce strawberries every month of the year. There are also greenhouse-produced strawberries and imports.

    Originally from northern Europe, strawberries are now grown in almost every country in the world (the history of strawberries). They are the most widely grown fruit crop. Today, there are more than 100 varieties of strawberries to suit many different climates [source].

    In the U.S., shortcake variations continue to be made with the classic biscuit, with sponge cake, yellow cake, and white cake.

    The French variety is a fraisier, layers of génoise, mousseline cream, strawberries and almond paste (fraise is the French word for strawberries—photo #8).

    In late-night foraring, we have made individual portions with toasted brioche, toasted pound cake, and ladyfingers, which are sponge cake.

    They are adapated into other forms, from cupcakes (photo #9) to ice cream, ice cream cake, ice cream pops, roulades, trifles, and other fancies.

    And of course, ice cream can be substituted for the whipped cream on a classic biscuit shortcake.

    Requests to make National Strawberry Shortcake Day a national holiday began in 2003 [source].
     
     
    11 MORE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RECIPES

  • Boozy Strawberry Shortcake
  • Red, White & Blue Shortcake
  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes #1
  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes #2
  • Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake
  • Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu Fusion
  • Strawberry Shortcake With Biscuits
  • Strawberry Shortcake With Strawberry Consommé
  • Strawberry Shortcake With Yellow Cake
  • Triple Berry Biscuit Shortcake
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