June 27, 2007 Is June still National Dairy Month? I know June is 'strawberry month' and like to fill my tummy with all kinds of strawberry treats. My favorite is just plain old strawberry shortcake made with a good biscuit. My favorite is "Strawberry Scone Shortcake." I think I have shared it with you before but will share it again for those who missed it.
•2 cups sifted all purpose flour
•1/4 teaspoon mace
•3 teaspoons baking powder •1/2 cup butter
•3/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg beaten
•1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup milk (about)
•1 teaspoon lemon rind (optional)
•4 cups sweetened sliced strawberries
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Sift dry ingredients. Add grated rind or mace. Cut in butter with a pastry blender. Add well-beaten egg combined with milk using more milk if necessary to make a soft but easily handled dough.
Turn out on floured board, knead 10 times to shape into smooth ball. Pat dough 1/2 inch thick and cut into two or three inch rounds Spread tops with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake an inch apart on cookie sheet about 12 minutes. Whip 1 cup heavy cream to garnish.
I have a Blender Express smoothie maker that is a favorite appliance this time of year. Milk, yogurt or ice cream are main ingredients to honor Dairy Month.
"Orange Banana Cream Smoothie" is a favorite of mine.
•1/2 cup milk.
•3/4 cup orange juice
•1/4 teaspoon vanilla
•1/4 cup frozen banana chunks
•1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
•1/2 cup orange yogurt
•1-1/2 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
Pour all liquid ingredients into smoothie maker. Add all frozen ingredients. Blend at 'pulse' setting for 30 seconds; then blend at 'on' setting until smooth.
I have not tried "Ultimate Chocolate Milkshake" but intend to. Soften the ice cream and sorbet at room temperature for five minutes before scooping. If your hot fudge sauce is refrigerated, microwave 2 tbsp. in a small dish for five seconds. The recipe is easily halved. (Maybe I can use my smoothie maker if halved).
•3 cups vanilla ice cream cut into large chunks
•1-1/2 cups chocolate sorbet cut into large chunks
•1/2 cup whole milk
•2 tbsp. hot fudge sauce at room temperature.
Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and puree until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Pour into chilled glasses. Serves four.