July weekends are prefect for all-day hangouts in backyards, on rooftops, and of course, back porches.

Elsie and Emma of the always-inspirational A Beautiful Mess hosted their own back porch party, and we’re excited to share their recipes throughout the month!

strawberry shortcake recipe

sweet pickled strawberry shortcakes

Sweet Pickled Strawberries + Shortcakes

    Shortcakes
    8 ounces softened cream cheese
    1 stick (8 tablespoons) softened butter
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups flour
    Pinch of salt
    1 egg

1) Combine the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until a crumbly paste begins to form (similar to making pie crust). Stir in the flour and salt until a dough ball forms. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to overnight.

2) On a lightly flour surface roll out the dough until 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out shortcakes and lay on a prepared baking sheet. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush over each shortcake.

3) Bake at 350°F for 25-28 minutes, until golden brown. Store in an airtight container for up to two days at room temperature.

sweet pickled strawberry shortcake recipe

    Sweet Pickled Strawberries
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    1 cup sugar
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 vanilla bean
    6-8 whole peppercorns
    2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
    2 lbs. fresh strawberries

1) Remove strawberry tops and slice into halves. Place in a large glass container. Add the cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean (scraped of seeds), peppercorns and thyme.

2) In a pot combine the water, vinegar, sugar and vanilla beans (scraped from the pod). Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and pour the hot liquid over the strawberries. Cover and allow this to sit for 4-8 hours.

3) When you are ready to serve up dessert in a small bowl or large glass layer in a shortcake, remove the strawberries from the pickling juice with a slotted spoon and top with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.

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Waiting on Martha (@WaitingonMartha)

July 19, 2013

Yum! This just screams summer. Strawberry shortcake is a classic – and this one looks absolutely delicious. Definitely calls for a cute party like this one too! xo

Big Hugs @ Waiting on Martha

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