Oh my friends, it has been a week. I have had this post partially drafted since Monday but my week apparently had other plans. This morning I published it and the recipe disappeared. AAAHHH! Gosh darn it, I was determined to get this to you before the weekend! Spring strawberries are starting to arrive and thus, a killer strawberry shortcake recipe is a necessity.

Strawberry shortcake was one of the first things I learned to bake back in the earliest days of my kitchen endeavors. I quickly learned that it is one of the simplest and fastest desserts out there. Fruit shortcake became and still is my go-to dessert in last minute entertaining scenarios. It uses ingredients I almost always have on hand (basic pantry staples, fruit of some kind, and heavy cream for whipping), comes together rapidly and requires relatively minimal effort. While the berries or fruit macerate with a bit of sugar, the shortcakes bake. Homemade whipped cream is the best finishing touch and made in literally seconds with my dear love, the immersion blender (I use the whisk attachment.)

This is a perfect example of a situation where simple really is best. Nothing fancy here and yet, we have a perfect seasonal dessert that is at the same time light, fresh, satisfying, and nostalgic. A far cry from the premade version found in grocery store end-caps everywhere, that’s for sure, and well worth the small effort required.

Ingredients

For the fruit: 

  • 8 cups (about 2½ lbs.) fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 4-6 tbsp. (1½-2½ oz.) granulated sugar

For the shortcakes: 

  • 2 cups (10 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp. (2¼ oz.) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 8 tbsp. (4 oz.) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 large egg while, lightly beaten

To finish: 

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  • 01

    To make the fruit, quarter about half of the berries and place them in a large bowl. Coarsely chop with a pastry blender, two forks, or a few chop attacks (technical term) of the immersion blender. Add in the sugar (use the lesser amount for sweeter berries). Slice the remaining berries, add to the bowl, and toss well to combine. Set aside for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

  • 02

    To make the shortcakes, heat the oven to 425˚ F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, the baking powder and salt. Pulse to combine. Scatter the butter over the dry ingredients and pulse into the flour mixture in about 10-15 short pulses, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer to a medium bowl. In a measuring cup, combine the milk with the beaten egg and mix together. Pour into the bowl with the flour mixture and fold together with a spatula until large clumps form. Turn the mixture out onto a floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough comes together. (Be careful to avoid over-kneading, as this will result in dense shortcakes.)

  • 03

    Form the dough into a 6 x 8-inch rectangle, about ¾-inch thick. Slice in half lengthwise and into thirds widthwise to create 6 shortcakes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them a few inches apart. Brush the tops lightly with the egg white. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.

  • 04

    Bake 14-16 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the tops are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  • 05

    When ready to serve, combine the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk until medium-stiff peaks form. Cut the shortcakes in half. Place the bottom half on a serving plate, top with some of the berry mixture and a dollop of whipped cream. Place the other half of the cake on top. Serve immediately.

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  • Angela

    This makes me so excited that summer will one day come again. This winter, with the onslaught of crap news, seemed to never end. This entire thing is a thing of beauty. When we get strawberries in the PNW, I am all over this.

  • Ke2lyn

    Hi Annie! Is baking powder supposed to be crossed off on the ingredients list? Thanks!

    (weird – now it’s not – so nevermind!)

    (also – love your recipes – I’ve made your chocolate marshmallow whoopee pies and the chewy/soft chocolate chip cookies MANY MANY times – and they are always a big hit!)

  • Annie

    It’s okay! It’s a feature of the site – you can click an ingredient once you have used it to cross them off as you cook or bake. Sorry for the confusion! Enjoy!