History of Strawberry Shortcake Dessert
Strawberry shortcake is a popular scone or biscuit like pastry that is made from milk, flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs as well shortening or butter. Shortening refers to fat content or baking lard added to the dough that makes it tender and this is where the name “shortcake” comes from. The shortcake can be crumbled easily as the fibers are very short.
Strawberries have been enjoyed for more than 2,000 years now. In fact, mention of strawberries has been found even during the Shakespearean era. Traditionally, strawberries were conserved in the form of jams. Romans enjoyed the fruit but making shortcakes with strawberries became a US tradition.
The origin of this delicious dessert dates back as early as the 1500s. Records reveal that the shortcake was initially invented in Europe during 1594. Since it was crumbly, triangular shaped pastries were always breaking off. Hence, the traditional authentic short cakes took a circular form.
Later, strawberry short cakes became more popular in the US. With the increased popularity of strawberry transport from one country to another in icepacks, many articles and recipe variants of strawberry shortcakes became the order of those times. Strawberry fever caught up with people as the timing of introducing the dessert clicked and the demand kept increasing every year.
During the year 1850, strawberry short cake parties were popular in the Unites States, especially while welcoming the summer every year.
With changing trends, the strawberry short cakes of the current times come in the form of sponge cakes.
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