Traditions are a fun way to bring your family together. They create a sense of consistency and security with in your family during the ever changing phases of childhood and adolescence. I love family traditions! We have many traditions that we do through out the year. My Mom started a ton when I was a kid and I have kept them all going with my own family. One of my favorites is our First Day of Summer tradition. Every year on the first day of summer we eat strawberry shortcake for dinner. Yes, you read that correctly. We eat Strawberry Shortcake for dinner! It’s a fun way to celebrate the beginning of summer and a great excuse to eat dessert for dinner! I have wonderful memories of my brother and I giggling in delight that our parents were serving us cake with ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream, for dinner. Now it’s so much fun to see my girls do the giggling as they eat this delicious treat.
There are so many ways to make Strawberry Shortcake but I am going to show you the way my Mom made it and the way that I now make it for my family. It’s really easy and super tasty! It’s not gluten or dairy free like all my other recipes; we go off of our regular diet to eat this. However, it would be very easy to do this gluten/dairy free by substituting the ingredients that have gluten and dairy for those without.
What you need:
About 60 medium sized strawberries
2/3 cup sugar (I know, I know. Remember we only do this once a year!)
Angel Food Cake and or Pound Cake (We buy these from our local grocery store in the bakery)
Vanilla Ice Cream
Whipped Cream for topping
What to do:
Wash and dry your strawberries.
Cut all strawberries into chunks and place in large glass bowl. Add sugar and mix well. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
After 3 hours you should have beautiful glazed strawberries in a syrup.
Now you are ready to make your strawberry shortcake.
Here are the two cakes we use, Angel Food Cake and Pound Cake. Our youngest and I like the Angel Food Cake, while my husband and our oldest like the Pound Cake.
Angel Food Cake is light, fluffy, spongy and sweet.
Pound cake is dense, buttery, velvety and sweet.
Both work great for Strawberry Shortcake!
We let the girls top their own. Yes, they usually go overboard but that’s part of the fun!
Just remember when doing this that your kids only get Strawberry Shortcake for dinner once a year.
So let your kids have fun with it!
These smiling faces say it all! I think it’s safe to say they love this tradition, just as much as I do!
If you don’t like Strawberry Shortcake, no worries! You can make any dessert that your family enjoys.
Happy First Day of Summer!
Live, Laugh, Love,