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Cooking With Kids: Easy Strawberry Shortcake and Whipped Cream Recipe
Strawberry Season and Cook a Doodle Doo
As summer begins to approach, the time for fresh, ripe strawberries near. I love that strawberries are the first ripe berry of the summer season. We always make it a point to go strawberry picking. So with that in mind, I began to think about what would be an easy and fun recipe to cook with the kids? I remembered a fun story that I had once read called, "Cook a Doodle Doo" and decided that I would share it with my children and then we would make the recipe in the book. As a teacher, I know the importance of reading to your child at home, no matter what their age is. So what better way to combine some great family fun? Well read and then cook of course! I hope that you enjoy the video of us reading "Cook a Doodle Doo."
Rating for Strawberry Shortcake
Photo Guide for Making the ShortcakeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
How to Make Whipped Cream
Whipped cream is very easy to make and can be great fun for both kids and adults. To make it, you need three ingredients.
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Add all three ingredients in a bowl and mix on medium speed with mixers. Blend until there are stiff peaks like what you would see from store purchased whipped cream. Homemade whipped cream is very tasty and you will probably end up making your own from now on!
Photos of Making Whipped CreamClick thumbnail to view full-size
Instructions For Strawberry Shortcake
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Cut butter into pieces and cut in using a pastry blender. Mix will look lumpy.
- Mix in the egg and milk and mix with hands until dough is moist.
- Place the dough in a round, 9 inch, greased cake pan.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes in a 425 degree oven.
- Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Then slice the cake through the middle so that there are two layers.
- Spread the whipped cream on the bottom layer and top with strawberries. Then put the top of the cake and repeat with whipped cream and strawberries.
- Slice and serve!
Finishing the CakeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Making the Strawberry Shortcake
We had a lot of fun making the strawberry shortcake. Although most people don't think of strawberry shortcake as being very healthy, you can see from the recipe that there is very little sugar in the cake. We found it very funny that we had our own "catastrophe" while cooking just like the characters in the story. Although our cake did not fall on the floor, it did break apart as I flipped it out of the cake pan and onto the cooling rack. This gave us a great opportunity to talk about how the animals in the story got upset but that they worked together to find a solution. I explained that the same kind of thing happened to us. We could get upset about the broken cake but instead we are choosing to fix the problem by piecing the cake together when we add the strawberries and cream.
Both cooking and reading books with your children allow communication to develop between you and your children. Although today it may seem like something that is simple and silly, (a broken piece of cake), you are really teaching your child life skills that will help him or her to problem solve, control anger, and keep open to alternative solutions to problems. We hope that you enjoyed our latest cooking adventure. When we cook, we are not only learning healthy eating habits, we are building a foundation for lifelong success!