Ingredients

How to make it

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Cut in the margarine with a pastry cutter.
  • Or use a vegetable grater to grate the stick into the mixing bowl and let your kids take turns blending the margarine into the dry ingredients with their fingertips.
  • Once the dough is crumbly, slowly stir in the milk.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured working surface and gently roll or pat the dough into a 1-inch-thick rectangle (it should measure about 6 x 8 inches).
  • For the best results, handle the dough as little as possible.
  • Slice the rectangle into four 1-1/2- x 8-inch strips.
  • Place the strips on an un-greased baking sheet, then let your child mold and curve them into S shapes that resemble snakes.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Transfer the baked shortcakes to a wire rack (a parent's job) and let cool.
  • Carefully slice the cooled shortcakes in half lengthwise or split them with a fork and then set aside.
  • Wash the strawberries and let your kids select four to use for the snakes' heads.
  • Slice the rest of the berries lengthwise into a mixing bowl.
  • Toss with the confectioners' sugar and let stand while you prepare the whipped cream.
  • Combine the whipping cream and confectioners' sugar in a chilled bowl and beat with an electric or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  • Just before serving, arrange berries on the bottom half of each shortcake, then cover with the shortcake top.
  • Spread on whipped cream and add a layer of sliced strawberry "scales."
  • For the snakes' heads, cut mouth openings in the tips of the whole berries and place one at the end of each shortcake.
  • Press a pair of mini chocolate chip or M&M's eyes into the sides of each head and add a forked tongue cut from green fruit leather.
  • Serves 4

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  • otterpond 1 year ago
    How much fun is that. If you were closer you would have to enter that for competition at the Strawberry Festival.
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