Ninety Pounds of Berries, Berries and More Berries

Dh and the children made the annual trek to the local berry fields and picked 90 pounds of berries last night. The berries were $.80 per pound at the U-Pick fields.

We were washing, stemming, preparing to freeze until 11 pm. It definitely is a mandatory family affair. Our typical Saturday morning breakfast is buttermilk waffles from The Joy of Cooking and topped with yogurt mixed with strawberries, so that is the primary purpose for the berries. We also use them for smoothies during the year.


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This is our favorite strawberry shortcake recipe. It's a little different than the traditional recipe. I got it from Quaker Oats years ago. My kids know it is my favorite breakfast treat, but it certainly doesn't need to be only for breakfast.

Breakfast Berry Shortcake

1 cup oats
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar (2x)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (orange peel is great, too)
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup butter
2/3 cup buttermilk or yogurt
one 8-ounce carton yogurt
2 cups berries

Heat oven to 400’. Combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel, and baking soda; mix well. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add buttermilk; mix just until moistened. Knead on floured surface 10 times. Place on greased cookie sheet; form into 8-inch circle. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with yogurt and combined berries and 2 tablespoons sugar.

shizzknits  – (6/17/2006 10:11 PM)  

Wowsers, that's ALOT of berries! They look delicious!

RANDI  – (6/18/2006 8:57 PM)  

I am absolutely jealous over all of those strawberries!!! Yum!

Dipsy D.  – (6/19/2006 12:17 AM)  

Gosh, all these berries! That must have been a true job sorting them all out, but also a fun thing to do, no? Thanks so much for sharing that recipe, reading through it my mouth got all watery, and I'll make sure to try it out soon! Thanks again!

Heidi  – (6/19/2006 5:53 PM)  

You must live in a very-berry place! Here in SW Michigan we get our share too--last week I think my mom, sister and I picked about 35 pounds for freezer jam, but we paid $1.10 per pound. It's so nice to eat tons of them fresh, and to pull out a container later in the year to enjoy.

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