Strawberry Shortcake

  • This Strawberry Shortcake is one that will make memories. A buttery sweet biscuit (scone) topped with sweet juicy strawberries and a homemade sweet cream! What could be better?

    Strawberry Shortcake on a white plate. Juicy strawberries and freshly whipped cream.

    *Originally published April 2014. Photos, text, and recipe updated.*

    When it comes to strawberry shortcake some prefer a cake base and some prefer a biscuit or scone. Honestly, I can eat it anyway but I do love a good biscuit! When I think of strawberry shortcake I picture this very recipe.

    Don’t be intimidated by this recipe because of the homemade biscuits. It tastes so much better than any store bought version, I PROMISE!

    Also, I strongly recommend taking the 10 extra seconds to make freshly whipped cream instead of buying it from the store. It’s so much better and not full of who knows what.

    Ingredients to make strawberry shortcake.

    Homemade Sweet Biscuits:

    Again don’t let this intimidate you! They are 1000% worth the extra effort. You will only need a few basic ingredients: Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon zest (adds a nice touch), butter, egg, cream, and vanilla. Here are the steps to make the biscuits:

    1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl.
    2. Cut in the cold butter until you have coarse crumbs.
    3. Stir in the egg, cream, and vanilla.
    4. Place dough on a work surface and knead a few times to finish combining the dry with the wet.
    5. Shape, cut, and bake!
    Four pictures showing how to make the sweet biscuits.

    Fresh Strawberries Make the Best Topping!

    Try to find the ripest strawberries for strawberry shortcake. It will taste so much better and you don’t need as much sugar to macerate them either. I like to add a little lemon juice to my strawberries to help brighten their flavor but this is optional.

    Here are a few tips to find ripe strawberries: Look for bright red strawberries with no green or white shoulders. They should be firm to the touch not mushy and the leaves should not be brown or wilted. Look at the bottom of the container to make sure there are no signs of mold or squished berries.

    Overhead view of strawberries in a bowl macerating.

    Homemade Whipped Cream

    It doesn’t get easier than homemade whipped cream and there are only 3 ingredients needed!! Heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

    Tips to make the best homemade whipped cream: Use heavy whipping cream. So this means it needs to have 36-40% butterfat. This will make sure it doubles in size and holds its shape when whipped. Also, cold cream whips up faster and taller.

    Overhead view of freshly whipped cream.

    How To Assemble Strawberry Shortcake:

    I like my biscuit warm but it is also good cold. Start by slicing the biscuit in half. Add a generous serving of the freshly whipped cream and top with the macerated strawberries. Place the other half of the biscuit on top and serve immediately. It’s up to you if you would like more whipped cream and strawberries on top!

    Overhead view of strawberry shortcake topped with a sprig of fresh mint.

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    Strawberry Shortcake on a white plate. Juicy strawberries and freshly whipped cream.
    Strawberry Shortcake
    Prep Time
    40 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    55 mins
     

    This Strawberry Shortcake is one that will make memories. A buttery sweet biscuit (scone) topped with sweet juicy strawberries and a homemade sweet cream! What could be better?

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade strawberry shortcake
    Servings: 6 -7
    Calories: 570 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    STRAWBERRIES:
    • 2 pounds (908g) strawberries, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons sugar (this may very depending on the sweetness of your berries)
    • juice from ½ a lemon, optional
    BISCUITS:
    • cups (300g) all purpose flour
    • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • ½ cup (113g) butter, cold and cubed
    • ½ cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla
    WHIPPED CREAM:
    • cups (355ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
    • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    Instructions
    STRAWBERRIES:
    1. Place sliced strawberries in a medium bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Add lemon juice if desired. Toss to coat; set aside.

    BISCUITS:
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

    2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. This can be done with a pastry blender, 2 knives, or your fingers. Add the cream, egg, and vanilla and mix just until it starts to come together.

    3. Transfer to a work surface and knead dough gently 5-10 times and then pat into a ½" circle. With a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place the biscuits on a baking sheet. Reroll scraps if desired. Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes or until lightly brown.

    WHIPPED CREAM:
    1. Place the cream, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment (can also use a hand mixer or wire whisk). Whip until stiff peaks form. The whipped cream can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few hours.

    SERVING:
    1. Slice the biscuits in half and layer with strawberries and whipped cream. Serve immediately.

    Recipe Notes
    1. MAKE AHEAD: The biscuits can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored at room temperature. The strawberries and whipped cream can be made no more than 1 day in advance. However I prefer to make the strawberries the day of. 
    2. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Cool the biscuits completely and store in a freezer safe container or bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature overnight. 
    3. BISCUIT TIPS: For taller biscuits place them side by side (touching each other) on the baking sheet. This will help them hold their shape and rise taller. To make the biscuits extra special brush the tops with a little extra cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar before baking.
    4. I think this is best served with a warm biscuit but cold biscuits are good too. You can also briefly heat a biscuit in the microwave to warm it. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Strawberry Shortcake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 570 Calories from Fat 279
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 31g48%
    Saturated Fat 19g119%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 126mg42%
    Sodium 237mg10%
    Potassium 499mg14%
    Carbohydrates 65g22%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 23g26%
    Protein 8g16%
    Calcium 139mg14%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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