We love books and most of you folks already know that 🙂 This book came across our path a few months ago when we first borrowed it from the library. We all loved it so much that I purchased our own copy. We have read it & read it. Quite often the kids will sit at the table and quote sections from it. A great book for parents and grandparents to have in their library. You can also read the good reviews on Amazon if interested.
Rooster is the great-grandson of the Little Red Hen. He is fed up with eating chicken feed and whilst complaining suddenly remembers his great-grandmothers recipe book and so goes finds it. (It is hidden under a nest in the chicken coop.) He is so surprised to discover that she baked more than bread. Dog, Cat and Goose think Rooster is totally crazy & have no intention of helping. However, when he gets to the kitchen he finds Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig more than willing to help. What follows is an hilarious story of the four of them baking a Strawberry Shortcake, twice!
Homeschool Share has a FREE Unit Study on this book available to download to PDF.
2 cups (80z) of flour, sifted (We used Spelt and did not sift it!)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (40zs) butter
2/3 cup (5 1/2 fl oz) milk
3-4 cups of strawberries. washed & sliced. (Fresh are best of course but we used frozen today as had no fresh & it was still good!)
1 cup (8 floz) whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 450F (230C).
- Sift flour, then sift together dry ingredients. (We just mixed them all well with a spoon!)
- Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add egg and milk, stirring by hand just enough to moisten.
- Spread dough in greased 8 x 1 1/2″ round pan. (Square or rectangular works well too.)
- Bake for 15-18 mins.
- Remove cake from pan, cool on rack for 5 mins. Split in two layers, lift top off carefully.
- Alternate layers of cake, whipped cream and strawberries, ending with strawberries on top.
I doubled the recipe for my crew & baked it in a long cake dish. When just slightly cool, I cut into twelve pieces, taking out a piece at a time, cutting in half & just putting the strawberries and cream on top of that. For us that works much better as we are just interested in eating the cake etc and not what it looks like! LOL!
Happy reading and cooking!