It’s strawberry season and it’s almost the 4th of July. This combination of events means that shortcake and other delicious strawberry desserts will be featured at almost every BBQ and other food related gathering for the next couple weeks. If you are entertaining a smaller group of friends and loved ones, these plates will accent your desserts beautifully. The plates are easy to make but keep in mind that the paint needs 24 hours to dry before you can fully “cure” them in the oven, so plan accordingly.
- Food safe porcelain/ceramic paint (i.e. Pebeo Porcelaine 150) in red or blue
- White porcelain or ceramic dessert plates
- A star stamp ( I used a stamp from the brand Recollections)
- A small paintbrush
- Cotton swabs
- A paper towel
- Wash and dry the dessert plates.
- Apply a thin layer of the blue or red paint to the star stamp.
- Press the star stamp onto the plate- apply gentle pressure.
- If you make any minor mistakes with the paint, wipe it up quickly with a paper towel or a cotton swab (depending on the size of the error). For larger mistakes and/or spills, follow the instructions for clean up on the side label of the paint bottle.
- Repeat these last few steps for each star that you want on the plate.
- Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.
- Bake the plates in a conventional oven for 30 minutes at 300°F.
- Allow the plates to cool to room temperature and then wash the plates in warm soapy water before using them for the first time.
Now you just need to figure out which dessert to serve on your new plates! Berry cobblers, pies, and popovers with strawberry jam are well received favorites this time of year. I made a popular classic–strawberry shortcake. I used a cookie cutter to cut the biscuit dough into star shapes to continue with the star theme.
Whichever dessert you choose it will surely be enjoyed and appreciated! Happy 4th of July!