27 February 2013

Ripe Performers

A little less than an hour down the road from Walt Disney World is a town called Plant City, a little corner of the state that I was able to call home as a child. February and into March is prime strawberry season in this area of Florida and is celebrated through the annual Florida Strawberry Festival which begins tomorrow. This signature strawberry dish, which is always available at the festival, is Strawberry Shortcake. Can’t make it to the festival, but have a trip planned to Walt Disney World? You in luck, because Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons offers up their own version of Strawberry Shortcake!

Three thin layers of shortcake, whipped cream, and macerated strawberry pieces are tiered together in this feast for the eyes! Macerating the strawberries allows them to soften and give up a lot of their juices to form a type of simple strawberry syrup that soaks into the pieces of cake. Speaking of the cake, it comes across the tongue as soft and airy little slivers of sponge cake. Not to be forgotten, the rich creamy whipped cream holds everything together perfectly.

Florida is known for its citrus, but that isn’t the only fruit to call the sunshine state home. At the height of this strawberry season do yourself a favor and stop by a season of your own, Sunshine Seasons. In addition to grabbing a delicious meal, you can pick up your own sweet slice of Florida with their Strawberry Shortcake!

1 comment:

Jim said...

Don't forget about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue! "Straw. Berry. Short Cake!" By chance do they get their strawberries locally as well?