The 4th of July might be my favorite holiday. Growing up we would decorate our bikes with streamers and ride in a parade to the neighborhood park for a a party. Then we would head to the pool for the annual July 4th pool party. There would be a DJ, big splash contests, coin tosses, water balloon tosses, food and ice cream. We would also always go to fireworks.
This year the 4th landing on a Wednesday meant we had to work on Tuesday and Thursday so it was a very tame day. I woke up and drove to Reston to run the Firecracker 5k, while Dan went to work for a few hours…ugh. I then went to the gym for a cycling class because the instructor promised to play my two favorite patriotic songs. The rest of the day was spent just relaxing, drinking a few beers and enjoying the day off. Unfortunately it was HOT so sitting outside wasn’t really an option, but we do have a an awesome view of fireworks from our balcony. I counted 6 different cities’ shows that we could see. Even though we didn’t do much, I still had to bake something patriotic so for dessert I made star shaped berry shortcake.
recipe from Chicago Home Magazine
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for the work surface
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup plus 3 tbsp. heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.Combine the flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add 3/4 cup of the heavy cream and mix just until a dough forms. Put the dough onto a floured surface and pat it into a disk that’s roughly 1 inch high. Using a star-shaped biscuit cutter, punch out as many as possible. Re-form the dough and repeat, placing the stars on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush the pieces with the remaining 3 tbsp. of cream and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 tbsp. of sugar.
Bake the shortcakes in the top half of the oven for 25 minutes, until they are golden and firm to the touch. Remove the shortcakes to a baking rack to cool.
Once cool place, shortcake on plate top with your favorite berries and whipped cream.
Whipped cream ingredients:
1 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
Combine cream and sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. You can adjust the sugar to your taste.