Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Shortcake

Summertime is strawberrytime. If you are lucky enough to have a stead supply of local strawberries, I hope you do amazing things like make preserves and pie with the little ruby jewels. If you have some left over from all your pie making (and seriously, where was my invitation?) – or, if you’re like me, and have some berries kicking around in your fridge that need to be used because you accidentally bought three pounds of strawberries the other day (do not judge me) – may I write you a strongly worded blurb telling you roast the berries with honey and balsamic vinegar? You ready? Okay:


Phew. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, can I talk to you about shortcakes? I have FEELS about shortcake, which has everything to do with what I was raised on. And as delightful as these protein packed (remember when I made those BOSS pancakes – turns out one can make “shortcakes” with the mix too), cakes are, they are – alas – not what my brain drums up when I think shortcake. No, shortcake to me (and an ENTIRE side of my family will side with me) is simply pie crust dusted with cinnamon and sugar, cut into squares, and baked. I can feel your judgment from here. #moarpiecrustforme

So, you see dear reader, this foray into “shortcake” is a strange adventure for me and one I am happy to share with you because: holy yum train, Batman (Adam West, you will be missed).

My final thoughts about this dessert: Warm. Sweet. Tart. Sticky. Would be great with whipped cream too (past Carin, what’s your deal … why didn’t you buy whipped cream?).

Sidebar: It was been a week for fandoms. We lost Adam West this week (sobs); you will be missed OG Batman. We discovered that a sword in a dress *is* plausible because nerds are awesome, awesome folks. And then: THE BLACK PANTHER TEASER TRAILER DROPPED AND I NEED THIS FILM AND I NEED IT NOW (I AM NOT WORTHY OF THIS MOVIE BUT I NEED IT).


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adapted from Kim’s Cravings

1 cup Kodiak PowerCakes (they have a Gluten Free pancake mix for you gluten free folks)
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk

3 TBSP honey
3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 pound strawberries, cleaned and quartered


Preheat oven to 350F and spray baking sheet (or a muffin tin if you’ve got it) with cooking spray.

Combine strawberries, honey, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl and stir until well combined. Turn out into a baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Combine pancake mix, milk, and sugar. Mixture may be a bit lumpy. Allow pancake batter to sit and thicken for about 5 minutes before cooking. If mixture seems too thin to spoon onto baking sheet, add another tablespoon of pancake mix. (Mixture should not spread when spooned onto baking sheet. It should be more like a cookie batter consistency.)

Spoon about ¼ cup of pancake batter onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 12 minutes.

Plate shortcakes and spoon roasted strawberries and juice over them (and if you’ve got whipped cream – USE IT).

What do you think of when you hear shortcake? Have you ever roasted strawberries before? What did you do with them if you have?


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