Strawberry Shortcakes


Want to know how we celebrate the arrival of Spring?

Ta Daaaaa!

This is how we welcomed the beautiful season of rebirth and renewal. The season that’s going to take away the winter blues and lead us on that path toward the long awaited sunshine of gorgeous summer days.

I am so excited to know that spring has finally arrived. Even if the weather outside is barely 40 degrees… I don’t care. It will get better. Soon.

The strawberries I picked up from the Farmers Market had to be used up somehow before they went bad, and the vote was between a strawberry trifle or a strawberry shortcake.

As you can see, the shortcakes won. The trifle can wait.

Besides, the strawberry trifle does not translate well on photos. I tried it once before and it was a disaster.

These shortcakes are pretty to look at and even better to eat. I wanted to keep this recipe simple and traditional thus, for the cakes, I made biscuits with a bit of flour, some neufchatel cheese and orange zest. Beautiful.

The strawberries sat in their juices with some sugar for about an hour, and the whipped cream came out perfect. I chilled it for about 30 minutes before I whipped it with my mixer. That’s the secret – chill it before you whip it.

Strawberry Shortcakes

You will need:

For the Biscuits:

  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 ounces (1/2 of a 8 oz. package) neufchatel cheese, cut in cubes
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon milk for brushing the tops

For the Strawberries:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions:

For the Biscuits:

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and orange zest in a large bowl.
  • Pour in the neufchatel cheese and mash it with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Stir in 1/3 cup of milk and form a dough.
  • Flour hands and divide the dough into 8 balls.
  • Place the dough balls 3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet or silpat.

  • With a glass flatten the dough balls to 1/2 inch thickness and brush the tops with milk and sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Take out the biscuits and allow them to cool down to room temperature.
  • In the meantime prepare the strawberries.

For the Strawberries:

  • Once you have cleaned and sliced them, take 1/3 of the strawberries and mash them with a potato masher.

  • Add in the rest of the strawberries and pour in the sugar.
  • Set aside for at least 20 minutes.

For the Whipped Cream:

  • Meanwhile prepare the whipped cream by combining together the whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

For the Shortcakes:

  • Assemble the shortcakes by cutting the biscuits in half.
  • Place a tablespoon of the strawberry mixture on the bottom half of the biscuit and top with whipped cream.
  • Cover with the top half of the biscuit, and top it with whipped cream and a few more strawberries.
  • Serve immediately or put the cakes in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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52 Comments

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52 responses to “Strawberry Shortcakes

  1. So beautiful! Absolutely delightful! This is quintessential Spring!

  2. Welcome Spring! I am ready for warm weather and some of this shortcake. It looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Your shortcakes are gorgeous. I love strawberries in any form, and strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites. Great pictures.

  4. Your shortcakes are gorgeous. I love strawberries in any form, and strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are precious! A classic and a favorite of mine… they are perfect for spring!

  6. Aw I love these! They are so cute and look so yummy! Strawberry shortcake is definitely a great way to kick off spring… I just wish it would stop snowing where I am! Damn New England weather…

  7. These are just beautiful… and mouthwatering. It makes me want to run home and defrost my strawberries from the summer and get to work!

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  9. Yum yum yum, can I please have one? These are simply wonderful, delicious, beautiful, and all th rest in superlatives! Thank you for sharing Kate 🙂

  10. I really shouldn’t be looking at this yummy looking dessert before dinner. My stomach is rumbling. I, too, am so excited that spring is arriving. This winter was a long and cold one. Happy Spring!

  11. These are beautiful! I love how delicious and fresh these look. Definitely perfect for spring!

  12. Liz

    We love strawberry shortcakes…and yours have me drooling!!!

  13. Don’t you just love it when a recie comes together just as you planned? These are beautiful Kate.

  14. This is the best way to welcome spring 🙂 Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite summer desserts and I am so excited to see it popping up on blogs again!

  15. Beautiful biscuits! The first sign of spring is strawberry shortcake. It makes me so happy!

  16. I know.. finally Spring is here 🙂 and what a way to welcome the season! Gorgeous bite .. i must say!

  17. Strawberry Shortcakes is one of the most glorious parts of Spring.

  18. This is my favorite dessert of all time. This looks SO good!

  19. LOVE your dough mix. Awesome recipe! I love serving strawberry shortcake to my family – best of both worlds; cake and fruit.

  20. DE-lish!! Those bisquits look awesome!

  21. Yum! Those look incredible! The orange zest must give a great taste to the biscuits :).

  22. Wow, that looks so delicious! Makes me wish it were spring already!

  23. Can you send one over 🙂 They look so good. We love strawberry shortcakes a lot here too!

  24. Your photographs are beautiful! These strawberry shortcakes are amazing!

  25. which spring? I think I’ll try baking some shortcakes once spring reaches Minnesota!

  26. Great job Kate. It is similar to what I grew up enjoying.
    –Maralyn

  27. Such a delightful treat to welcome spring! I love it, Kate!

  28. YUMMY!!! I love strawberry shortcake, and definitely do not make it often enough. I think these must be made as soon as I find some good strawberries!

  29. Definitely my type of spring treat! Very fresh and delectable!

  30. OMG! Those berries!
    Must… have… strawberries…now!

    Beautiful!

  31. Strawberries and whipped cream are great combination + biscuits..even better 😀

  32. These look awesome! Strawberry shortcake was my favorite dessert when I was a kid, but I don’t think I’ve had it in years. Now I have a craving!

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  34. Nothing better than biscuits for shortcake the only way to go, these look awesome!

  35. THAT DOES IT. I’m moving in! I just got a bad cold but these shortcakes look like they would help…. Thanks, Kate!

  36. These look like perfect strawberry shortcakes, and now I’m definitely in the mood for spring. I just want to take a huge bite now:)

  37. I finally made it to your page..This looks so beautiful and delicious! Wow what a beautiful red color..I really love this one!

  38. As a July baby – strawberry shortcake was always my birthday cake. Love the indivudal ones -a beautiful way to put spring on your table.

  39. Oh baby–it’s that time of year! We should have strawberries popping up in another month. Can’t wait!

  40. You read my mind! I’ve been craving shortcake since strawberries started showing up in the store…Sadly, we aren’t getting local ones yet up here. Yours look so amazing and fresh.

  41. These looks absolutely amazing! I love strawberry shortcakes because they’re so light!

  42. looks wonderfully delicious lovely shortcakes

  43. These are lovely! I think I’ll try to vegan-ize them for Mother’s Day. My mom would love these 🙂

  44. Oh my goodness does this make me excited for Spring to ARRIVE.

    Strawberry Shortcakes are such a wonderful blast from the past – I love your take on them.

    Thanks, as always for the lovely post, recipe and photography!!

  45. LOVE this! Bookmarking for sure! I love a simple recipe at home. This looks like a delicious treat 🙂

  46. what a delicious treat Kate. Can’t wait to have strawberries in the garden, yummy

  47. I’m making these pronto! they are beautiful, i get side tracked for a week and come back and you’ve made a million things i want to eat all of them 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  48. Gorgeous! I love that this recipe got kick off this wonderful time of the year. I am excited to make some shortbread soon, last year I made some with basil….YUM!
    Take care,
    Terra

  49. I like the way you celebrate! These look amazing! My schedule has been crazy and I feel so out of the “blog loop”. You have great new recipes!

  50. These look like the perfect spring treat! I love the orange zest in the biscuits, yum!

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