Shortcake for 50

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Ingredients

  • 10 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Whipped cream or ice cream

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, 2 1/4 cups sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Stir in cream and water just until moistened.
  3. Drop by 1/4 cupsful 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  5. Combine berries and remaining sugar.
  6. To serve, split shortcakes lengthwise; spoon about 1/3 cup berries and whipped cream on both halves.
  7. Replace tops, top with along 1/3 cup of berries and additional cream.

Yields 12 dozen.