Lancaster County Strawberry Season

The Lancaster area is
bursting with the first-fruits of the strawberry crop that is well underway now
due to the warm 80 degree weather that has prompted the berries arrival.

You can drive the scenic
rural roads and see signs for berries already picked or you can also pick your
own in a few places.  There are several
varieties available, but aside from that, most all the berries available are
luscious to eat – good homegrown produce that is so different and better than
the store bought variety.
These berries beg for a good
shortcake to go with the strawberries for a good dessert either with whipped
cream or floating in milk.  Here is a
good fluffy cake version:
½ c. sugar
2 T. melted shortening
1 egg
1 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt       
½ c. milk
  Mix sugar, shortening and egg and beat
well.  Add flour, baking powder and salt
alternately with the milk.  Bake in an
8-inch cake pan for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Top with fresh strawberries and milk or whipped
topping.

Another ”must do” is to make
some jam or jelly before the season ends. 
Using the all-natural Sure Jell fruit pectin’s recipe, I made some jam
which will be used at breakfast time here at Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast.  That is a good reason to come and visit us.

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