Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Berry Wonderful 4th of July!

This year, as I have many years before, I am celebrating America's Independence Day (plus a few days) at my family's house on Cape Cod. This is a great place to spend the 4th of July because from the upstairs porch, we can watch all of the fireworks up and down the beach — last night, we could simultaneously watch 5 different fireworks displays: 2 to the left, 2 to the right, and one smack dab in front of us!

This house seeps my childhood memories out of every pore: eating lobster dinners at the overfilled kitchen table, playing lincoln logs upstairs in the rec room, piling on top of all of my cousins to take a family photo, and so many more. 

One thing I can safely say I've never done in this house though... bake!

Believe it or not, I have never baked so much as a batch of cookies in this house. I've cooked here — last Labor Day weekend, my cousin and I whipped up a fancy seafood dinner complete with sautéed scallops and crab cakes, but I've never baked a thing in the oven.

Upon my arrival yesterday early afternoon, I checked out the kitchen to see whether I could bake a batch of cookies. No flour, no white sugar, no baking powder or soda, few if any baking dishes.... Baking has never been a big activity at the Cape, probably because we're always so busy walking along the beach and favorite shopping areas. 

Before dinner, we sent my dad and uncle (such good sports) to the grocery store to bring back a few baking staples so the rest of this week/weekend wouldn't be a total bust. 

I was in luck last night, as my aunt brought everything we'd need to create a simple, festive holiday treat. Two pre-made pound cakes, a tub of cool whip, and a bunch of berries is all you need to make this Flag cake! My sister and I managed to coordinate placing berries next to each other without killing each other — more of an accomplishment than it you would think!

Flag Cake
  • 2 small pound cakes (or a white sheet cake)
  • 1 tub of cool whip
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bake your 9 x 13 cake OR cut and assemble pound cake in a 9 x 13 pan
  • Coat cake with cool whip
  • Arrange blueberries in the top left corner (stars)
  • Slice strawberries into quarters and arrange in stripes

Easy cake completed, I'm now very eager to try my hand at some makeshift Cape kitchen baking! I'm thinking something with mango... or banana... or you'll just have to check back and see what I come up with!

Happy Baking and Happy (Day After) Independence Day!

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