Happy Fourth of July! something about Independence Day makes me crave good old down home Americana food. Although this sweet homemade shortcake was not a classic food of my childhood, it just screams classic Americana. I grew up not really liking strawberry shortcake, or what I knew it to be - store bought round spongy cakes with super sweet syrupy strawberries and squirt whip cream. It was not until my step mom, Cheryl, first made me a delicious Bisquick drop biscuit shortcake that I fell in love with this dessert.

I only made Bisquick shortcakes from there on out. My oldest, Chayce, loved them so much when she was a toddler she lived on them for a year straight. She once fell asleep in her high chair, face down in a pile of strawberry shortcakes.

I no longer stock Bisquick in the house, so I have started making them completely from scratch by modifying my baking powder biscuit recipe to be slightly sweeter and a little sturdier to hold up to the strawberries and whip cream.

Gather your ingredients
Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, heavy cream, a lemon and some berries.

You can use any berries you choose, I live in the pacific northwest so I have an abundance of berries growing in my yard. I happened to have a good amount of strawberries and a few young boys who were looking for a project, so classic strawberry shortcakes it is.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. 

Cut the butter into little cubes and add to the dry ingredients.

Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles dry sand.

Stir in the heavy cream

It will be a loose dough.

Dust a clean work surface with flour and turn the dough out onto it. 
Pat the dough into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle.

Fold the dough in thirds like a business letter.

Pat the dough into a 1/2" thick rectangle again and repeat the folding one more time.

 Finally pat it out to a 3/4" thick rectangle and use a cookie cutter to make the shortcakes.

I bought these super cute strawberry cookie cutters from Posh Little Designs awhile back because they were too cute to pass up. I used the large strawberry cutter to cut half the dough and a 3 inch round cutter for the other half.

Place shortcakes on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.

While shortcakes are cooking, prepare the berry filling and the whipped cream.

Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to the berries.

Add sugar to the heavy whipping cream and beat. You can use a handheld mixer, stand mixer or whisk. I have even used a fork while camping with no problem. For the best results though, make sure your heavy cream, bowl and mixing utensils are super super cold.

After shortcakes have cooled, spoon some macerated berries and whip cream on, top with another, add some more cream and enjoy!





Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

by Tristin Rieken at ONEarmedMAMA.com

Sweet Biscuits Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Berry Filling Ingredients
  • 2 cups of berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or any mixture)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Whipped Cream Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream (1 pint)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Rub cut butter into mixture with your fingertips until it resembles dry sand.
  • Gently stir the heavy cream into the flour mixture to make a loose dough.
  • Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and turn the dough out onto it.
  • Pat the dough into a 1/2" thick rectangle. 
  • Fold the dough in thirds.
  • Pat into a 1/2" thick rectangle and again fold in thirds.
  • Pat the dough into a 3/4" thick rectangle, cut into shortcakes and transfer to baking sheet. 
  • Press together the scraps of dough and cut into more cakes.
  • Bake until lightly browned, about 13 minutes. 
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling by gently stirring berries with sugar and lemon juice. 
  • Whip the chilled heavy cream and sugar together until lightly fluffy. Do not overbeat.
  • Assemble shortcakes with cake, berries and whipped cream.
  • Store leftover shortcakes at room temperature and refrigerate filling and whipped cream.
Yield: 18 shortcakes -  9 assembled desserts.

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