[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

The weather is threatening to turn summery and the markets have been flush with strawberries. With Memorial Day and the start of full-on picnic and barbecue season right around the corner, the time seemed ripe to try out a new icebox cake recipe.

Strawberry Shortcake traditionally involves biscuits, cream, and berries, though there's nothing wrong with making it with say, doughnuts or red velvet cake. 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. Strawberry shortcake desserts can easily veer into cloyingly sweet territory, but this version is low on added sugar, putting the natural sweetness of ripe, in-season berries center stage. Best of all, you can throw it together in a matter of minutes the night before you want to eat it. Just before serving, top it with freshly sliced strawberries.

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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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