Quick, easy shortcake



April 14, 2004|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Louise K. Smith of Havre de Grace requested a recipe she has lost. "I think it was called Sundae Tart and was on a Bisquick box about 45 years ago. The tarts were wonderful with a filling and canned fruit and a jelly glaze. Although you were supposed to spread the dough on muffin pans, I spread it on an upside down muffin pan. When they were baked I removed them and allowed them to crisp up. I hope some reader has this recipe," she wrote.

Marie Manik of Baltimore responded. "I have had this Bisquick recipe booklet in my kitchen since 1957 and I believe it came packaged with a box of Bisquick."

Sundae Tarts

Serves 6 to 8

1 cup Bisquick

1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter, softened

3 tablespoons boiling water

your favorite ice cream

sliced strawberries, peaches or other fruit

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put Bisquick and butter into a 9-inch pie pan. Add boiling water; stir with a fork until dough forms a ball and cleans pan.

With fingers and heel of hand, pat evenly in pan, bringing dough up to edge. This will not be skimpy when baked. Flute edges if desired. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool; fill with ice cream; top with fresh or frozen fruit. And, for a birthday, candles!

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "It's a super-quick, super-easy shortcake recipe. Very neutral in flavor, it's crisp on the edges and caky in the middle, the perfect complement to your favorite ice cream flavor.

"It is especially good when served warm, less interesting when it's cooled entirely. You can slice the shortcake into wedges and top each individually with ice cream and fruit, or you can spread the whole pie pan with ice cream, top with fruit, and then slice it into wedges like a pie."

Per serving (based on 8 servings): 111 calories; 1 gram protein; 8 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 9 grams carbohydrate; 0 grams fiber; 15 milligrams cholesterol; 229 milligrams sodium

Recipe requests

Caroline Neal of Bel Air seeks a beer, broccoli and cheese soup. She says that she had it once at a local restaurant but has not been able to find it since.

Mary Agnes Wolf of Timonium writes that she wants to find a recipe for the "wonderful chocolate cake recipe which had raspberry preserves between the layers."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. Names must accompany recipes for them to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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