Strawberry Shortcake

Oh physics, why must you exist? You make my life so difficult. I spend hours solving the questions that you throw at me only for the satisfaction of getting the right (or usually wrong) answer at the back of the book. My life would be so much easier without you.

Strawberry shortcake

And then, in class, I stare at the board blankly and wonder how you could be true, and not simply a lie that my teacher tells. Endless pages of notes, endless pages of calculations, endless pages of pure agony.

A basket of strawberries

So, physics. I thought of a way to get back at you. I thought of my revenge. I’m no longer going to believe you. Hopefully that will make you go away. I’m not going to believe that “gravity” exists. I’m going to spread my wings and fly, fly away. I believe I can fly, and so does R. Kelly.

Strawberry shortcake with strawberry coulis

And then I’m going to fly around the world and convince others not to believe in your either. That way less people will have to suffer through your agonizing lessons in school and less people will have to bury their sorrows in strawberry shortcake (on the other hand, who doesn’t love strawberry shortcake?!). As my teacher says, “If you’re smiling, you’re not doing physics.”

Three strawberry shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcake
How to make the classic American dessert quick and easy!
For the shortcakes:
  • 1 ½ cups (190g) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup (60g) cold butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (125ml) heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Egg wash, for the topping (1 egg beaten with a bit of water)
  • Additional sugar, for sprinkling on top
For the Berries and Cream:
  • Fresh Sliced Strawberries
  • Zest of One Small Orange
  • 2 Tbsp of Sugar, or more if the strawberries are not very sweet
  • Juice of Half an Orange
  • Whipped cream
Prepare the shortcakes:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a peddle attachment, combine together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and mix until the butter is dispersed thru and is the size of small peas. Add the cream and egg yolk. Combine together just until a dough forms. Dump on a board and form the dough into about half inch thick. Cut squares or circles and place on your prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg wash and sprinkle a little sugar over them. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden, let cool completely.
Prepare the strawberries:
  1. For the strawberries, place them in a bowl along with the sugar, orange zest and orange juice. Let them sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  1. When ready to serve, slice the shortcake in half, spoon a little whipped cream on the one of the cut sides and add some marinated strawberries on top, place the top half on and spoon a little more whipped cream over the top and finish off with a fresh strawberry.


2 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake

  1. “If you are smiling, you aren’t doing physics” sounds exactly like something a physics teacher would say! I totally understand your agony, I was there! My professor had a lisp. I had no idea what he was saying. I’m still not sure how I ever passed that class…These strawberry shortcakes do look like something to smile about though!

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