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  • Back from Vacation and Strawberry Shortcakes

    Yes, we are back from vacation.  Our market is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.  We are still closed on Mondays. For a while now, Piper has been asking me to make strawberry shortcake.  And although she knows it is not strawberry season and we don't have it at the market, she was relentless about it. So I gave in.

    making strawberry shortcakeCould you say no to that face? I couldn't. Please note, this is not our Parkesdale recipe.  The recipe we used to make it came from her Strawberry Shortcake game app on her mini ipad.

    Strawberry Shortcake

    The recipe is straight forward. Lots of easy ingredients you should have in your pantry already: milk, flour, eggs, sugar and butter.  And yes, since it was her idea, I made her do all the hard work. ;)

    After all the ingredients were mixed and the baking was done, the fun began.  Let me tell you, cutting the cake in two was probably the most stressful thing for me in the kitchen ever! She watched me do it while I prayed to God it wouldn't brake!

    easy strawberry shortcake recipe

    And now for the fun part. Once your shortcake is baked and cut in half, you can start playing with the whipped cream.  We used Reddi Whip, but I'm sure you can make your own too.  Once you've added a layer of whipped cream, start placing your strawberries.

    strawberry shortcake recipe

    This is what happens when you let a 6 year old in the kitchen.  Don't you love it? :)

    strawberry shortcake recipe

    Once you've finished adding a layer of strawberries, go ahead and repeat with the other half of the shortcake.

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    Easy strawberry shortcake recipe

     

    Here's the recipe in case you want to try it at home!

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    Enjoy!

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  • Strawberry Shortcake...everyone's favorite dessert

    Our business is a seasonal business. But how can I say "seasonal" when the market is open year around? Well, as the largest strawberry and citrus market in Florida, our market is busiest during strawberry season. In the month of October, the farm gets millions of bare root strawberry plants to be planted in our fields. (Yes, you can purchase bare root strawberry plants in bunches at our market). Then we wait. And the phones will start ringing: "Are you serving Strawberry Shortcake yet?". Sadly, we'll respond not yet. Strawberry Shortcake season has always been January thru mid April, which follows the winter season of Florida strawberries.

    For the past few years, we've been able to start our World Famous Strawberry Shortcakes in December. People from all over the world continue to enjoy our fresh Strawberry Shortcakes in our garden every year.

    Another common question we get, is how many berries do we go through in a day. That's a tough one. Some days we'll go through one pallet filled with full flats, other days we'll go through two pallets. This past season from December 2011 to March 2012, 44 tons of fresh Florida Strawberries were used to make strawberry shortcakes and milkshakes. Forty Four tons! That's two dump trucks filled with fresh Florida Strawberries.

    So, now comes the sad part...April brings warmer temperatures, which means the berries will not be able to withstand the Florida heat. This season's last day of Strawberry Shortcake will be April 22, 2012. And why you ask? The answer is simple, you need fresh Florida strawberries to make the best Strawberry Shortcake in the world. Our beloved Strawberry Shortcake will disappear from our menu for a few months. Although, to some customers it may seem like an eternity. Our Summer menu, will bring back fruit filled milkshakes, our tangerine-vanilla swirl ice cream and the Parkesdale Banana Split. But even as tempting as those may sound, we can't deny we'll be missing our Strawberry Shortcake.

    What's your favorite Parkesdale treat? Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Milkshake or both?

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