July 15, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson
BOBA (Baking our blues away) is a volunteer organization that “encourages and unites” people around the globe to bake for someone who is “doing it tough” highlighting depression and anxiety, but can be for any reason.
Image Courtesy of BOBA
BOBA’s believes “home baked goodness speaks volumes,” and the founder Michelle Symes not only shares her personal story, but hopes that the Baking the blues away community becomes “Your Happy Place.”
BOBA shares “it’s for a good cause, if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy, and if it fails, let’s laugh about it together.”
I think we all can relate to an epic flop when it comes to baking!
I know I can and should you wish to laugh with me, feel free to read more via my interview about my epic “pie fail”; you will notice my hair is a different color too!
When I was little, we had a birthday tradition; the birthday person got to decide the dinner menu.
Every year, I asked for rare roast beef, sliced very thin with steamed string beans, but the “highlight” of the menu was also Strawberry Shortcake!
For me, it was always a treat and I can STILL remember S-Q-U-E-A-L-I-N-G like a child of five every year; a fun, fond, food birthday memory that has been preserved throughout the years!
I thought I would bake a Strawberry Cake (even though it is not my birthday) in hopes that it would brighten someone’s day!
Cake has a special “magic” that unites people, making them forget (at least temporarily) about their cares and worries on the day!
I thought I would ask Thermalina (my Thermomix) to help out as she loves it when we play and create, and she too wanted to take part and share in baking for someone who is doing it tough today too!
Thermomix Recipe Class Strawberry Shortcake J-U-M-P-E-D out at me!
Seeing I like to minimize food wastage, I decided to use what was on hand; some frozen berries!
Thermalina and I also decided to make our whipped cream from scratch as there really is nothing better, eh?
I also “slightly” adapted the recipe using xylitol (a sugarless sugar), making Joanna’s Berry Shortcake healthier for my food lifestyle!
- 320 grams self rising flour (see Notes)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons xylitol (feel free to substitute sugar)
- 120 grams cold butter, cubed
- 1 cup frozen berries (or berries of choice)
- 250 grams thickened cream (see Notes)
- 180 cream full cream milk
- flour for dusting surface
- Place thickened cream in TMX bowl; speed 3, 1 minute; repeat for additional minute if necessary for consistency; set cream aside. Clean bowl.
- Place flour, baking powder, salt and xylitol in TMX bowl; speed 5, 5 seconds.
- Add butter; turbo until mixture the size of small peas.
- Pour mixture into large bowl; make well in center.
- Pour milk into center and combined until dough is just moist.
- Empty dough mixture onto lightly floured surface; may need to knead until dough comes together; dough may initially appear crumbly.
- Roll dough with rolling pin to rectangular shape and size; mine was heart shaped and about ¼ inch thick.
- Bake in 180C oven for about 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Remove from oven; place on wire rack to cool before assembling; garnish with cream and berries.
Recipe Classic Strawberry Shortcake
If using sugar, okay to use all purpose
Fresh whipped cream made by using thickened cream using butterfly, speed 2 for 1 minute; repeat if necessary
Can vary amount of thickened cream; based on personal taste
You can join BOBA by liking their Facebook page and spreading the word; follow by Twitter and/or Instagram.
Can you feel the baking love today?
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