STUDIO CITY (CBS) — It’s National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Chef Lance Corralez stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to show us his secret to making the perfect shortcake.
While the origin of this little known holiday is still unclear, strawberry shortcake is one of the most common desserts in America and actually is traced back to Native Americans. Their dish consisted of crushed strawberries mixed in a sweet corn bread. With a touch of cream, it became the delicious dessert we know today.
– California out produces all of the strawberries grown across American and the world
– Each strawberry has 200 individual seeds
– The earliest printed recipe for Strawberry Shortcake was found in a cookbook published in 1847, “The Lady’s Recipe-Book” by Miss Leslie
– Strawberry Shortcake Parties became popular in the US around 1850, celebrating the coming of summer
– Early American recipes for Strawberry Shortcake called for pie crusts in rounds or in broken up pieces. This is the a favorite among Southerners
– The Shortcakes are actually biscuits but other popular cake bases are angel food, pound cake, sponge cake and corn muffins
– Strawberry Shortcake is the most widely known shortcake dessert but adding other berries like blueberries and blackberries is often done – especially throughout the summer
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