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Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, M-9
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 617-7300

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner

Florida Fruit Recipe

Strawberry Shortcakes with Vanilla-Orange Syrup

1 pint Strawberries, trimmed and quartered
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated fresh orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice

For Cream:
1/4 cup chilled heavy cream
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream

To make syrup: Scrape seeds from vanilla bean with tip of sharp knife into a small saucepan, then add pod. Add sugar, water, zest, and juice. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and boil 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and chill 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into another bowl and discard solids. Gently stir in strawberries and let stand 15 minutes.

To make cream: Beat together heavy cream, sugar, and sour cream until mixture just holds stiff

To Assemble: Make shortcakes/pancakes. Drizzle pancakes with syrup from strawberry mixture. Spoon strawberries onto pancakes. Top rounds with dollops of cream and drizzle with remaining syrup.

Look for "Fresh from Florida" ingredients at your grocery store.

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