Sunday, June 28, 2009

Strawberry Pickin' Time!

Not for me, but for the hard working farmers of Ontario. I'll just pay to enjoy their yummy goodness. I think it's very appropriate that strawberries come into season just around Canada Day because they're red and make a great summer dessert.

For my family's Canada Day BBQ I made the recipe for Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Lemon Cream that I found in the summer issue of Canadian Living magazine (I really am going to have to get a subscription). Anyway, it turned out pretty well (as evidenced by the picture AND by the fact that there were no left overs). I made the cake part from scratch, following the recipe, because I happened to have cake flour and cream of tartar on hand, but really, I think using a box mix produces just as good a cake (if not a taller one) and saves a bit of time and ingredients/dishes. My dad swears by the Robin Hood brand boxed angel food cake mix, if you're interested.

Also, the recipe calls for a teaspoon of lemon zest. This is non-negotiable. If you don't already have one, pick yourself up a Microplane grater (I found mine at Fortino's). They're cheap and great for things like zest, nutmeg, frozen ginger (my favourite way to use it), and parmesan cheese.

Anyway, check out the recipe and try it soon, before all the fresh, local strawberries are gone!

Happy Canada Day!


P. S. Some good friends of ours are getting married on Canada Day and I'm making five or six pies for the occasion so check back soon after for pictures, recipes and general tips on the pie making proccess!

2 comments:

  1. That's the most beautiful cake ever! Don't you just think that sometimes (always), home-made and natural looking cakes and cookies just totally eclipse sugarcraft, no matter how amazing and inspired? I need to remember this next time I get asked to do a wedding cake (which I always agree to do and say each time that the stress was too much and that I won't do one again!).

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  2. Yes, I agree that home-made flavoured cakes are always better than generic vanilla or chocolate with sickeningly sweet iciing. That being said, my birthday cake to myself will be a rich chocolate cake with a not too sweet vanilla bean iciing (complements of America's Test Kitchen). Yum. :D

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