Eastern Shore Strawberry Recipes
from The Best I Ever Ate, by June Platt and Sophie Kerr Underwood, 1953.
“Cleaned and capped strawberries are lightly sugared, then chilled for two hours in a mixture of one-half fresh strained orange juice and one-half Curaçao. Serve with heavy cream sweetened stingily, whipped and flavored with vanilla.”
Denton native Sophie Kerr was a prolific writer of the first half of the 20th century, penning 23 novels, hundreds of short stories, a play and a cookbook. When she died at 84, she bequeathed Washington College in Chestertown a half-million-dollar trust fund, half of which funds the nation’s largest undergraduate literary prize in her name.
from Takeaya Townsend, Easton
This recipe involves three stages, and the secret is keeping each stage chilled.
1. Mix together 2 cups crushed pretzels, 4 tablespoons sugar and ¾ cup melted butter. Bake in a 9x13-inch pan for 8 minutes (no longer). Cool completely in freezer or fridge.
2. Cream together 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and 1 16-ounce container of Cool Whip. Spread over cooled pretzel crust
3. Make strawberry jello (1 large or 2 small packages) with 2 cups boiling water (don’t add cold water). Let cool slightly. Add 2 10-ounce packages of frozen OR 2 cups of well-chilled fresh strawberries. Pour over cream cheese layer and refrigerate until set.
Favorite Strawberry Shortcake
from Emily’s Produce, Cambridge 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup shortening 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup whole milk Whipped cream 1-1/2 quarts fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced
In a bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Spread in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Cut into nine servings. Split each serving horizontally and fill with whipped cream and strawberries. Replace top of cake; garnish with more berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 9 servings.
SOPHIE KERR UNDERWOOD