Strawberry Shortcake – made with perfectly fluffy and tender buttermilk biscuits, sweetened fresh strawberry slices and a rich, light as air whipped cream. What more could we ask for in a dessert? They’ll instantly become the highlight of the meal.
Homemade Shortcake Recipe
It’s that time of year when strawberry season has finally come and what’s one of the first things you should make with those gorgeously red, plump juicy strawberries? Strawberry shortcake of course!
And not just any strawberry shortcake – this strawberry shortcake! With its buttery, perfectly sweetened biscuit base and its almost cake-like texture. That which is paired with an abundance of fresh strawberries and rich dollops of heavenly whipped cream. A trio of decadence.
This is the strawberry shortcake to make! Trust me you’ll be savoring every last bite of it and maybe even sneaking a few bites of the kids when they aren’t looking.
Ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake
- Fresh strawberries – frozen strawberries would work too if you don’t have access to fresh but keep in mind the flavor won’t be quite as good and the texture won’t be the same.
- Granulated sugar – for each the biscuits, whipped topping and the strawberries. We’re making dessert here.
- All-purpose flour – preferably use unbleached all-purpose flour for better taste.
- Baking powder and baking soda – the combination of the two yields perfectly fluffy biscuits here.
- Unsalted butter – stick with unsalted butter, it melts slower and you can control the amount of salt that goes in.
- Buttermilk – use real buttermilk here instead of the buttermilk substitute for best results (Use leftover to make Buttermilk Pancakes!)
- Egg and egg white – the extra white is for a nice color on the biscuits, it also helps the sugar stick.
- Heavy cream – only use heavy cream to achieve nice sturdy peaks that will hold up to the strawberries.
Why Use Aluminum Free Baking Powder?
Aluminum baking powder (which is standard in the U.S.) can leave behind a metallic or bitter flavor if used in this large of a quantity – this recipe calls for a whole 1 Tbsp baking powder. So I highly recommend opting for aluminum free.
Aluminum free baking powder is available at most grocery stores and only costs a bit more than the non-aluminum free.
How to Make Strawberry Shortcake
- Slice strawberries then add about 1/3 of them to a bowl and mash with a potato masher.
- Add remaining sliced strawberries and 6 Tbsp sugar and toss. Chill (up to 4 hours).
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter and cut into mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Make a well in center of mixture. In a mixing bowl (or large liquid measuring cup) whisk together buttermilk, 1 whole egg and vanilla extract.
- Pour buttermilk mixture into well in center of flour mixture. Fold with a rubber spatula until it comes together in large pieces.
- Drop mixture onto a lightly floured surface and turn and press gently about 4 or 5 times until it comes together. Pat into a square about 8 by 8.
- Cut into rounds using a 2 1/2-inch round cutter then transfer to lined baking sheet.
- Brush tops with egg white then sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 Tbsp sugar.
- Bake about 10 – 12 minutes.
- Pour heavy cream and 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar into a mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer whip until stiff peaks form.
- To assemble shortcakes, split each (just warm) biscuit in half using a knife, dollop a spoonful of whipped cream over bottom halves, spoon plenty of strawberries over cream layer then top with second half of biscuit.
Tips for the Best Strawberry Shortcake
- Use well chilled butter. This cold little clumps will melt into the biscuits as they bake leaving them perfectly tender and buttery.
- Use cold buttermilk so the butter stays cold.
- Be gentle with the dough.
- Flour biscuit cutter first to reduce sticking and don’t twist the biscuit cutter when cutting or it seals the edges and they won’t rise as high.
- Don’t skip the resting time for the strawberry mixture, this time allows for the strawberries to soften up a bit.
- Use cold whipping cream so it will whip up nicely. And did you know you can actually add the sugar at the beginning of mixing? That way there’s no grittiness.
More Strawberry Recipes You’ll Love:
- Strawberry Shortcake Trifles
- Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
- Fresh Strawberry Cake
- Strawberry Syrup
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
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