Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of the absolute best things about summer is strawberries.  Especially those freshly picked and sold at your local farmers market. 

With strawberries comes strawberry shortcake.  It is a summer must!  In my opinion, the best strawberry shortcake is one made with a homemade shortcake.  So, here it is…my recipe for shortcake. 

Shortcake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Incorporate butter into dry ingredients using a pastry cutter.  Blend until the flour resembles course crumbs.  Add the grated orange rind and milk.  Gently combine together being careful not to work the dough too much.  You just want to knead until the dough comes together.  Lightly flour counter and pat the dough out into a 12″ round about 1″ thick.   Use a  biscuit cutter about 2 1/2″ in diameter.  Cut out 8-9 biscuits.  You may have to reshape dough after a few cuts.  Place them on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper.  Brush the top of each with a lightly beaten egg and then sprinkle with coarse sugar.  Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven a cool on a wire rack.

Strawberries 

  • 1 lb whole fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Wash, remove stem and cut up strawberries.  Put into medium size bowl.  Add sugar, mix and let sit for about 30 minutes.  The sugar will dissolve and make a syrup which is great over the shortcake.

Cut the shortcake through the center.  Place the bottom portion on a plate.  Add strawberries with its syrup juice.  Add whipped cream.  Place on the top of the cake.  Add more whipped cream and strawberries.  Serve.

Note: I used a can of whipped cream here.  No, it isn’t homemade.  I could have made it from scratch but my son LOVES to have the whipped cream squirted in his mouth from the can.  I love to make him happy, so we keep a can in the fridge.  Maybe you should too!

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