One of the great things about being part of a baking group is that I do not need to think about what to make for the next holiday. I informed my husband we were having strawberry shortcakes for Father’s Day. The only decision he had to make was plain or roasted strawberries. He went with roasted as he is well versed in Dorie’s recipes.
I was concerned about getting this dessert right as there were 3 recipes to follow and I was just back from vacation. I had not seen the inside of a kitchen for a week. But I had nothing to fear, all came together perfectly.
First I cut and roasted the strawberries. I added the optional cloves, balsamic vinegar and lemon zest. All the flavors worked well together especially after they all rested a bit. Then I made the ladyfinger batter. I was most worried about this but Dorie’s directions worked perfectly and they turned out great. There is nothing better than homemade just whipped cream. Everyone was happy when they saw what was in the mixer. This dessert came together just like the photo. All my guests had empty plates with not a crumb left, I could not have asked for a better compliment.
To round out our Father’s Day meal we made Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburgers from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan (page 240). If you have not made these yet I suggest them for a change from your usual summer burgers.
Tuesdays With Dorie is an international baking group working our way through Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. We don’t publish the recipes, instead we encourage you to buy the book.
Strawberry Shortcakes Fanco-American Style page 338.
Ladyfinger Batter page 424.
Roasted Strawberries page 458.