Strawberry Shortcake spells S-U-M-M-E-R!
Ripe, juicy berries bursting with flavour, nestled between a light flaky shortcake biscuit.
What happens next?
A crazy amount of freshly whipped cream! That’s what our Best Homemade Strawberry Shortcake recipe is all about!
You know that potluck you’ve been invited to next weekend? The one you may not go to because you don’t think you have time to make anything?
Our easy strawberry shortcake recipe is here to save the day. A simple old fashioned recipe takes no time at all to bake and put together, and I’m here to help you every step of the way.
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You will need: 3 quarts of fresh strawberries, a pint of whipping cream (35%) flour, sugar, buttermilk, baking powder, butter, and raw sugar.
Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Backstory
As a young girl, one of the first things I learned to bake was shortcakes. And this was a shortcake recipe from scratch, not Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake.
Now there is nothing wrong with using Bisquick! My Mom used it often, but I think more because that was what her generation did. Prepackaged and processed foods were new in the 50’s and 60’s, and a novelty.
All designed to save everyone time in the kitchen.
In this case I don’t think using Bisquick or a similar product saves any time at all, and the benefits of homemade outweigh the few minutes it takes to measure flour and baking powder.
Fast forward to this past weekend, and I whipped up a batch of homemade shortcakes to take to our friends’ for a BBQ dinner. I’m often asked to bring the dessert!
I knew I wanted an easy recipe, one that would use the fresh strawberries that are on sale right now, and also a dessert that would travel well, and come together quickly when the time was right!
And of course be a beautiful presentation! That’s because I always love to WOW my guests!
The baking of the shortcakes came together quickly, and cleaning the berries and letting them chill in a sugar syrup was just fine.
I whipped up the cream on arrival, so that it would be ready for me to build the strawberry shortcakes once we finished the main course. You can see Puccini, their golden retriever, watching me very closely!
They were just so scrumptious. See for yourself!
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FROM SCRATCH
- Use the freshest strawberries you can find. Local if you can.
- Clean and slice the berries first
- Follow the instructions exactly
- Mix the berries and sugar, then let me chill in the fridge, they’ll be that much sweeter for it.
- Make sure you don’t overwork the shortcake dough, or you’ll end up with very tough cakes and we don’t want that!
- You build the strawberry shortcakes in layers. I like to put a spoonful of berries right on the bottom, then half a shortcake biscuit, more berries, a little whipped cream, another shortcake, biscuit, berries and cream!
- Check out the gallery below to see the steps!
EASY STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FAQs
Can Strawberry Shortcake be made in advance?
Absolutely! That’s the beauty of this recipe. You can clean and prepare the strawberries, and bake the shortcakes a day or two before.
What is strawberry shortcake made of?
Strawberry shortcakes include strawberries, lots and lots of whipped cream, and the shortcakes include flour, butter, heavy cream, and baking powder.
What is strawberry shortcake’s cats name?
Ha ha! My daughter had a Strawberry Shortcake blanket that she loved so much. I think the cat’s name was Custard!
Why is it called shortcake?
The term shortcake is similar to shortbread – The word ‘short’ is from the English dictionary and it means to add fats – so in both cases, unsalted butter is added to form the shortcake or shortbread.
YOU MAY NEED….
Using a baking mat or silpat is very useful with this recipe. The mat keeps your countertops clean, but more importantly, it’s a non-stick surface, so you can mix the ingredients together without over mixing your shortcake!
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE….
There are so many amazing Strawberry Dessert recipes out there, like this Strawberry Dump Cake!
And more summer desserts like:
- Key Lime Pie
- Ice Cream Pie
- Butter Tarts
- Slow-Cooker Blueberry Cheesecake
- Date Squares
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Now you are all set. This recipe will make you the Dessert Hero at your next party, or family gathering.
But be warned.
Everyone will love your dessert so much, that you’ll be sure to be asked to bring it again and again…
Oh and be sure to have the recipe handy on your smartphone, coz you know they will ask you for it!
Enjoy, and have a blissful summer… xo
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