Sunday, May 29, 2005

...summer WILL be here

summer WILL be here...(my new mantra).
one day of sunshine...*sigh* just as i had set up our charcoal grill for Filipino barbecued pork skewers...a hugh grey storm cloud rolled in and ruined it all.
good thing i had this cooling in the rack. it's very easy to make and almost identical to the peach cake i made last summer. when i bit into it, visions of Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines flashed in my head. strawberry jam, wine, strawberries in baskets...
strawberry cake, fr. Martha Stewart Living, June 2005.

preheat oven to 350F.
butter a ten inch pie plate or quiche dish.
wash, drain, and blot dry, then hull and halve 1 pound of strawberries.
whisk together 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 & 1/2 tsps. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt.
cream 6 tbsps. unsalted butter, at room temp., and 1 cup sugar. add 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 cup whole milk. (you may use the mixer for this).
add flour mixture and mix by hand, just until incorporated. pour into pie plate.
arrange strawberries on top and sift 2 tbsps. of fine granulated sugar over.

bake at 350F for ten minutes, then lower heat to 325F and bake an hour or until golden brown and set. let cool in wire rack then cut into slices.