Old Fashioned Shortcake

Who doesn't like Strawberry Shortcake with vanilla ice cream?  It has always been a favorite of mine.  It just so happens that my birthday comes at the same time of year when strawberries are in season and I have chose strawberry shortcake for my birthday cake since I was a little girl.  While fresh strawberries are hard to beat, frozen are good too and make a great winter treat giving us a taste of warmer days.

Old Fashioned Shortcake
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons of Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chilled cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon of melted butter  

Sift dry ingredients into large bowl.  Blend cream, egg and vanilla in small bowl with for or whisk.  Add cream mixture to flour mixture, stirring to form a very soft dough.  Fill 1/4 measuring cup and drop dough on top of your fruit filling leaving a space between each.  (Makes approximately nine mounds.)

Bake dessert until filling bubbles and topping is golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes in preheated 375 degree oven.  Brush tops of shortcake with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.  (Can also sprinkle with cinnamon depending on type of fruit being use for filling.  Cool 15 minutes.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

Note:  The sky is the limit for your fruit filling.  Get imaginative.  Use fresh, canned or frozen fruit.  Mix the berries.  Use pears or peaches.  Sweeten fruit to taste and place in bottom of 8 x 8 baking dish and then proceed with shortcake instructions.

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