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Easy Icebox Strawberry Shortcake

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Strawberry Shortcake traditionally involves biscuits, cream and berries though there's nothing wrong with making it with say, doughnuts or red velvet. When strawberries are in season I support strawberry shortcake in all forms and this recipe is quite possibly the easiest strawberry shortcake ever. All you need are fresh strawberries, a bit of orange juice, graham crackers and homemade whipped cream.

Because this recipe is so simple, it's only going to be as good as the ingredients you put into it. Make sure that your strawberries are sweet and ripe. For this recipe I used Whole Foods' 365 brand graham crackers (which came out on top in the SF Gate graham cracker taste test), though you're welcome to use whatever brand you prefer. The Whole Foods brand of graham crackers and the perhaps more traditional Nabisco Honey Grahams both weigh 14.4 ounces, and you will need nearly a full box, so look for a box with at least that many ounces of grahams.

I used the fairly standard 3 quart Pyrex baking dish which measures approximately 16- by 9 1/2- by 2-inches.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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