I Love the 4th of July!

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.

Stars cooling, I made a few mini stars as well

Patriotic Dessert

Berry Shortcake

recipe from Chicago Home Magazine

Shortcake ingredients:

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.


About LindsayMargaret

Runner, baker, lover of the outdoors, PR professional living in Washington DC
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