Tuesday, June 8, 2010

TWD: Tender Shortcakes, Sweet Success!

Oh, my White Chocolate Brownies were such a disaster! They were to be my contribution to our Memorial Day feast. I had not read the P&Q's on the TWD site. I was completely clueless to the controversy that surrounded those tasty little treats. I gushed at the site of the meringue as I took my brownies out of the oven. It looked divine. Whew, there was nothing to these brownies, except a little elbow grease and expense up front (raspberries and  almonds can make a dent in your wallet!). So, I let them rest on the counter. When I went back to check on them an hour later, what did I see? A soupy meringue on a brownie puddle. I was so embarrassed, I did not even take a picture of them or post my failure!. Had I know then that it was a troublesome treat, I would have taken snap shots left and right and to the center! Alas, I did not, could not, devote any more time to my failure on the road, in another person's kitchen. It was not until I made it home that I discovered via TWD bloggers that I was not alone. I was not alone! I was not a failure. It was not because I dared bake in a lesser kitchen (no offense, my dear sissy). I was simply, one of the many who under-baked their brownies by following the recipe instead of the knife test. Yay! I did not mess up on a simple brownie undertaking.

But this week's TWD recipe, offered up no surprises. Thank God! I needed things to work out and come together in a big way after the last faux paux. I could not let my babies down again. 


And I didn't. 


This recipe is simple. It is a delight. It is so my kind of recipe!


I made no substitutions to the meat of the recipe, the shortcake, but did to the sides, the strawberry filling and topping. I used  fat-free topping with strawberries sweetened with Splenda. Next time, I will sub in skim milk for heavy cream. I am also thinking of adding pecans or chocolate chips to the batter, too. My friend and neighbor, Dragana, posted Dorie's shortcakes a while back on her blog. Here is the link for her ingenious presentation of these tiny little cakes of goodness. 

Thanks, Cathy of The Tortefeasor, one of my favorite foodie blogs, for choosing this nice and simple recipe. I really liked it a lot. It was the perfect treat for a Sunday brunch. 

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9 comments:

5 Star Foodie said...

The shortcakes look just delightful! Perfect summer dessert!

Dragana said...

I like your trifle bowl presentation Carolina! Looks summery and delicious and thanks for the plug!

Sweet and Savory said...

I am happy for your success. It is frustrating when something goes wrong with a recipe and no one wants this to happen two weeks in a row. This is from someone who had two failures in one day.

My shortcakes were fine and delicious. I am glad we all enjoyed it. I have to take your tips on making this a lighter dessert.

Mary said...

These look simply wonderful. You did a great job with this challenge. I'll be back for more. I really enjoy your blog and the recipes you feature. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Tia said...

nice idea w the almonds for that little crunch!

Leslie said...

You really knocked this one out of the park! Those shortcakes are beautiful! I'm sorry the brownies were an epic fail for you but to tell the truth, these tasted much better anyway.

Cathy said...

Ha - I had a major fail with the white chocolate brownies too! So much of a fail, in fact, that I was reeling in the aftermath and didn't even think to take a picture, so I couldn't even do a "fail" post! I'm glad that these shortcakes cooperated for both of us. Yours look incredible! Thank you for your nice words, and thank you for baking with me this week!

Cheryl said...

I want to eat at your house!

Jaime said...

love both ways you decided to serve it!