Strawberry Shortcake on a white plate with a gold fork.
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Strawberry Shortcake

A classic Strawberry Shortcake recipe with tender, sweet biscuits, fresh strawberries, and fluffy whipped cream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 - 10 servings
Calories 434kcal
Author Allison - Celebrating Sweets

Ingredients

Strawberries:

  • 5-6 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or more, if desired

Shortcake:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract optional, but highly recommended
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream for brushing on top
  • 1-2 tablespoons coarse or sparkling sugar for sprinkling on top

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 1/4 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar or more, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract optional, but highly recommended

Instructions

Strawberries (prepare at least 1 hour in advance)

  • Heat the jam briefly in the microwave (just a few seconds) until it thins out. Combine jam, strawberries and sugar. Cover and allow to sit for 1 hour until the strawberries are sweet and juicy. Adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste.

Shortcake:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F with a rack in the the middle portion of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Sprinkle the cubed butter over the top. Using your fingertips (or a pastry cutter), work the butter into the flour by rubbing it quickly into small pieces. Proceed until the mixture resembles a sandy texture with pebble-sized pieces of butter (the pieces of butter will be irregularly shaped; that's fine).
  • In a liquid measuring cup, combine 1 cup heavy cream, milk and almond extract. Pour the liquid over the flour mixture and stir gently with a rubber spatula. Before the flour is completely mixed in, switch to mixing by hand, kneading as you go, the dough will be sticky. Be careful not to over-mix; stop as soon as no streaks of flour remain. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to scoop 1/4 cup portions* of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, keeping the dough mounds fairly high. Leave a couple inches of space between each portion of dough. Brush each mound of dough with cream and sprinkle generously with coarse sugar.
  • Bake for 14-17 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and light golden brown on top. If you squeeze them the center should feel soft, but not doughy. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool.

Whipped Cream:

  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat all ingredients until soft peaks form. I begin the mixer on low, then slowly increase it to high, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed. This will work best if your cream is very cold. Tip: Chill your bowl and beaters in the freezer before whipping the cream.

Assembly:

  • Using a small sharp knife, gently cut the top of each shortcake. These are delicate, so work carefully. I do not cut them directly in half, I cut off the upper third of the shortcake.
    Layer the strawberries (with some of their juices) and the whipped cream into the shortcake bottom. Place the top on and serve immediately.

Notes

* Using generous 1/4 cup scoops of dough will produce about 8 shortcakes. Scant 1/4 cup scoops will produce closer to 9-10 shortcakes.  

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1.6mg