Strawberry Shortcake

I updated the biscuit recipe to use less cream. If you liked the original, use 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream in place of the 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of cream.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 9

Ingredients

Strawberries:

  • 3 baskets of fresh strawberries (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) white granulated sugar for the strawberries

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup (236 ml) of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract

Biscuits:

  • 3 1/4 cups (455g) all purpose flour, divided ( 3 cups and 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (168g) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup (236 ml) milk
  • 1/4 (60 ml) cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

Strawberries

1 Prep the strawberries: Cut the stems away from the strawberries and discard. Cut the strawberries in half, and then either quarters or thick slices.

2 Macerate the strawberries with sugar: Put the cut strawberries into a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Start with 1/4 cup of sugar and then add up to another 1/4 cup depending on how sweet your strawberries are. Gently stir the strawberries until they are all coated with some sugar.

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Let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, until the berries soften and begin to release their juices.

3 Mash some of the strawberries: After 20 minutes or so, mash about a quarter of the berries in the bowl with a potato masher and stir to mix.

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You don't want to mash all the berries, just enough of them for their juices. Let sit while you bake the biscuits.

4 Bake the biscuits using one of the recipes below.

5 Make whipped cream: While the biscuits are baking, whip the cream using an electric mixer, adding a drop or two of vanilla and 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar. Cover with plastic and place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

To serve, break up one biscuit per person into big pieces into a bowl. Ladle strawberries over the biscuit. Add a dollop of whipped cream.

Homemade Biscuits

1 Stir flour with dry ingredients: In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together 3 cups of the flour, the sugar, baking powder, and salt.

2 Work in the butter: Cut the butter into the flour mixture, either using your fingers, a pastry cutter, a fork, or a food processor, until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas.

3 Add the wet ingredients: Stir together the milk and cream, add the vanilla extract. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the milk mixture into it.

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Mix with a fork or wooden spoon until the mixture is just combined. It should look rather shaggy. If it is too wet to work with, sprinkle some of the remaining 1/4 cup of flour over it. Gently knead by hand a few times to form a loose ball of dough, adding more flour if needed. It should be slightly tacky but not wet.

4 Chill: Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form it into an 8-inch square, about 3/4-inch to an inch thick. Place it on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

5 Bake: Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 9 even squares and space them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet.

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Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Makes 9 biscuits.

Bisquick biscuits:

For quick and easy shortcake biscuits using Bisquick baking mix, see our Bisquick shortcake biscuit recipe.

Gluten-free biscuits:

For flaky, fluffy, tender gluten-free biscuits, see our Gluten-free Biscuits Recipe.

Dairy-free vegan biscuits:

For easy, tender vegan shortcake biscuits, see our Dairy-free Vegan Biscuits recipe.