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What to Wear, What to Serve – 4th of July Edition!

7.02.2012 WRITTEN BY Ellie How to Wear, Inspiration, Just for Fun, T+P Blog Central

Although I’m a bit in shock that it’s already the 4th of July this week (summer’s half gone!) I’m excited for grilling with family and friends. I made this recipe last year and it was a huge hit with guests of all ages, although nothing tops my toddler’s reaction of putting his whole face in it! Here’s what we are wearing and serving for the upcoming holiday, and don’t forget, if you need more inspiration, check out our 4th of July Style Pinterest board!

Strawberry Shortcakes (from Smitten Kitchen)

Serves 6

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 hard-boiled egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 teaspoons lemon or orange zest (optional)
2/3 cup  plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Shortcake assembly
1/2 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream, beaten to soft peaks

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, egg yolks, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and zest, if using, and pulse until the flour resembles coarse meal. Add 2/3 cup of cream and pulse until the dough comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gather into a shaggy mass. Knead a couple times to make it into a cohesive mass and then pat it into a rough circle about 6 to 7 inches in diameter, and 3/4 to 1-inch thick.

Using a sharp knife, cut the circle into 6 wedges and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Alternately, you can use a cookie cutter to make shapes of your choice. Chill for 20 minutes (and up to 2 hours).

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the tops of the shortcakes very lightly with heavy cream and sprinkle lightly with the coarse sugar. Bake until risen and golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Turn the pan around halfway through to ensure even cooking.

While the shortcakes are baking, toss the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice together in a bowl. Let stand several minutes. (If the strawberries are extremely firm, do this 30 minutes in advance.)

Split the shortcakes in half horizontally and set the tops aside. Place the bottoms on dessert plates and heap strawberries over them. Spoon whipped cream generously over the strawberries and replace the shortcake tops. Serve immediately with any remaining whipped cream on the side.

(Image credits: strawberry shortcake: Smitten Kitchen; chambray dress: Boy by Band of Outsiders; nail polish: Butter London; wedges: Splendid; boat shoes: Sperry Top-siders; jean shorts: Current/ Elliot; red striped top: Splendid; cat’s eye sunglasses: upload from T+P)

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