This rustic cake has a slightly-crunchy texture courtesy of polenta and is beautifully flavored by olive oil.
Farm & Larder lemon olive oil cake mix
½ cup olive oil
1 cup milk or buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
¾ cup crème fraîche or whipped cream
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch cake pan or cast iron skillet with 2-inch sides with some of the olive oil.
2. Whisk together milk or buttermilk, eggs, lemon peel, vanilla, and olive oil. Pour the cake mix into this milk mixture and fold together with a spatula until just combined; do not over-mix. Scrape batter into greased pan and spread evenly.
3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean and cake pulls away from sides of pan. Immediately run a knife around edge of cake, and turn cake out onto a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool before cutting.
4. To serve, slice cake into wedges and top with sliced strawberries and a generous dollop of crème fraîche or whipped cream.
For optional cake glaze: Combine ¾ cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, adding more lemon juice if needed. Drop by spoonfuls over cake after it has been placed on cooling rack, spreading within half an inch of the cake’s sides.
This amazing combination is wonderful atop shortcakes or pretty much any other fruit tart!
1 cup crème fraîche
2 tablespoons honey
1. Combine crème fraîche and honey in a bowl; chill until use.
Topped with ripe strawberries, these shortcakes are moist, crumbly and just a touch sweet.
Farm & Larder shortcake mix
¾ cup heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon
4 cups strawberries, washed, stemmed and sliced
½ cup sugar
1 cup Farm & Larder honeyed crème fraîche (see recipe)
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Add the shortcake mix to a large mixing bowl. Measure ¾ cup cream; set aside 1 tablespoon. Add the remaining cream to the dry mixture, and stir with a fork until the mixture just comes together.
2. Lightly knead the dough a few times in the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured board, and roll out about ¾-inch thick. Cut six 2½-inch circles or squares out of the dough. Reroll the scraps, you should be able to get 2 or 3 more shortcakes out of it.
3. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and brush the tops with the tablespoon of cream. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool.
4. In a second bowl, mix the sliced strawberries with sugar. To assemble, split each shortcake in half and top both halves with a serving of berries. Finish with a generous dollop of honeyed crème fraîche.
This week’s box pays homage to the best spring ingredients—baby beets, snap peas, ruby-red rhubarb—while looking forward to summer with the first of the local strawberries. Have fun experimenting in the kitchen with all the provisions for a seasonal, summery brunch: Skagit River Ranch breakfast sausages, golden wildflower honey and Sauk Farm honeycrisp apple cider, plus our housemade crème fraîche, creamy chevre cheese, almond fruit crisp topping, and of course, farmstead eggs to scramble, poach or fry as you please!
Here are some recipe ideas for the week:
Sausage, Potato & Arugula Breakfast Frittata
Spicy, tender arugula brings pleasant bite to this baked dish with savory sausage and potato rounds.
Baked Eggs with Crème Fraîche & Fresh Herbs
These oeufs en cocotte boast a wonderful balance with rich crème fraîche, plus bright parsley and chives.
Baby Beet & Snap Pea Salad
This colorful salad is perfectly complemented by a lemon-honey vinaigrette.
This lovely vinaigrette is bright with lemon juice, sweet honey and fresh parsley.
Pan-Braised Radishes & Greens
Pan-roasting radish mellows its spice, lending tender texture to this side dish.
A quick and easy dessert—simply toss strawberries and rhubarb with the following ingredients, then sprinkle with our signature crisp topping.