Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

What’s summer without Homemade Strawberry Shortcake? A super simple and tender homemade shortcake biscuit is halved and layered with a luscious, ruby-red, fresh strawberry topping and dollops of homemade whipped cream. Serves 8.

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Summer = Strawberry Shortcake.

And this is by far the BEST strawberry shortcake recipe. An easy to make, soft and tender shortcake biscuit (sprinkled with sugar before baking gives it a sugary crunch!) is halved and topped with an incredible strawberry topping and homemade whipped cream.

Normally I’m use angel food cake as the base because I never was a fan of bisquick-type biscuits. However, these biscuits are something different. They are light and airy, flavorful and have a delectable crisp sugary top. This paired with the glossy strawberries and whipped cream makes these homemade strawberry shortcakes easily the best I’ve ever had.

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

And I can’t stress enough about how easy this recipe is. It’s basically foolproof, which is why I won’t make another recipe ever again. I mean, I just made these last week and I’m already planning on making them this weekend. Sorry not sorry.

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake ingredients

To Make The Strawberry Shortcakes You Will Need:

for the shortcake biscuits:

  • unbleached all-purpose flourThe base for the shortcake biscuits.
  • cornstarchHelps create a crumbly and tender dessert-like texture.
  • baking powderWill create lightness in the dough, which makes the biscuits rise and gives them a fluffy crumb.
  • baking sodaCreates a gas while baking which helps the biscuits rise.
  • granulated sugarAdded for flavor and sweetness.
  • fine saltCan use sea salt or pink himalayan.
  • cold unsalted butterCut butter into cubes and chill or freeze. Using cold butter makes lighter biscuits.
  • buttermilkAdds a pleasant tanginess.
  • turbinado sugarFor sprinkling before baking. Gives these shortcake biscuits a little something special.

for the strawberries:

  • strawberriesLocally grown or organic has the best flavor.
  • seedless raspberry jamEnhances the flavor of the strawberries but also deepens the color and thickens the sauce.
  • granulated sugarAdds sweetness and will bring out the natural juices of the strawberries.

for homemade whipped cream:

  • heavy whipping creamOr heavy cream is a must. And it should be very cold.
  • vanilla extractGives the whipped cream subtle flavor.
  • powdered sugarFor sweetening and flavor.

dry ingredients

Make The Shortcake Biscuits:
Preheat your oven to 425° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

In a medium mixing bowl, measure and add; 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda,  2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon fine salt (sea salt or pink Himalayan). Whisk to combine.

add butter to dry ingredients

Add in 10 tablespoons of cubed, cold unsalted butter.

rub butter and flour between fingers

Use your impeccably clean hands to rub the butter into the flour.

pea size crumb

Stop once the mixture is coarse with pea-size clumps of butter throughout.

add buttermilk

Pour in 3/4 cup of buttermilk.

What Type Of Buttermilk To Use in Baking?

Regular buttermilk is always my first choice and I love Guernsey brand (not sponsored!). Not only because Guernsey is a local Michigan brand but also because of their high standards and quality products. With that said, with most biscuit recipes calling for buttermilk, low-fat and regular buttermilk can be used interchangeably. And if ever in a pinch you can mix milk with lemon juice or white vinegar, let it sit for 5 minutes and you will get a tangy mixture quite similar to buttermilk.

How To Make A Buttermilk Substitute:

For every 1 cup of buttermilk, combine 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar. For this recipe, you would need 3/4 cup milk and 3/4 tablespoon (eyeball it) of lemon juice or white vinegar.

mix until combined

Using a rubber spatula, stir until the mixture comes together and forms a shaggy dough. If you’re noticing a bit of dry ingredients in the bottom of the bowl, go ahead and add 1 extra tablespoon of buttermilk.

shape inti 8 balls

Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roughly shape into 8 craggy looking balls. The less perfect the ball, the better it will turn out once baked.

place on lined baking sheet and sprinkle with flour

Place the balls onto your prepared pan, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar. I gently press on the balls a little to flatten them a smidgen. This way they hold more of the sugar.

Bake the shortcake biscuits on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway to insure even baking and browning.

baked shortcake biscuits

Once baked, remove and set off to the side.

wash strawberries

MAKE THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING:

While the shortcake biscuits are baking, rinse (or soak) 2 pounds of strawberries before trimming off the green strawberry tops. Because I’m using local michigan strawberries, I don’t find it necessary to hull or cut out the center part of the strawberry.

If you’re someone who likes extra strawberry topping, increase strawberries to 2½ or 3 pounds (total).

add 1/3 to bowl and mash

Next, add 1/3 of the sliced strawberries to a bowl and mash with a potato masher.

should be slightly chunky puree

Stop once it resembles a thick yet lumpy puree.

add remaining strawberries

Add the remaining sliced strawberries to the bowl.

add jam and sugar to strawberries

To that, add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam. The jam not only enhances the flavor of the strawberries (I promise you won’t taste raspberry at all) but also deepens the color and thickens the sauce.

mix and let sit

Toss well to combine and set off to the side for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

After some time you will notice the strawberries soften and release their juices.

homemade whipped cream

Meanwhile make homemade whipped cream! I’ve included the recipe and instructions in the recipe printable, but you can click here for visual step-by-step. instructions.

layer bottom half of shortcake and top with strawberries

Use a serrated knife to carefully cut the shortcake biscuits in half horizontally. Top with spoonfuls of the strawberries, allowing them to spill onto the plate.

add whipped cream and top half of shortcake.

Top with a few dollops of homemade whipped cream and replace the top half of the biscuit.

add more whipped cream and a few more strawberries

Lastly, top with a little more whipped cream and a spoonful of the strawberries. And prepare yourself to fall in love!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Tips For Making Homemade Strawberry Shortcake:
  • I would not recommend making these biscuits days or even several hours in advance. In my opinion they taste best when eaten shortly after baking. Although my family still loves them hours or the next day after baking. I guess I’m just picky. However, I would suggest to make the dough in advance and shape them into balls and keep refrigerated until ready to bake.
  • Do carefully cut the biscuits using a serrated knife. They are delicate!
  • If possible use local or organic strawberries. They produce the best flavor.
  • Homemade whipped cream is best but store-bought is okay too! No judgement!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Strawberry Shortcake recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

What’s summer without Homemade Strawberry Shortcake? A super simple and tender homemade shortcake biscuit is halved and layered with a luscious, ruby-red, fresh strawberry topping and dollops of homemade whipped cream.
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, from scratch, homemade, shortcake, strawberry, summer dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

FOR THE SHORTCAKE BISCUITS:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt sea salt or Himalayan
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter quartered into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (like Sugar in the Raw)

FOR THE STRAWBERRIES:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries trimmed and sliced 1/4-inch slices (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam

FOR THE HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

MAKE THE SHORTCAKE BISCUITS:

  • Preheat your oven to 425° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, measure and add; unbleached all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and fine salt.

    Whisk to combine.

  • Add in the cubed, cold unsalted butter. Using your impeccably clean hands, rub the butter into the flour. Stop once the mixture is coarse with pea-size clumps of butter throughout.
  • Pour in the buttermilk and use a rubber spatula to stir until the mixture comes together and forms a shaggy dough. If you’re noticing a bit of dry ingredients in the bottom of the bowl, go ahead and add 1 extra tablespoon of buttermilk.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roughly shape into 8 craggy looking balls. The less perfect the ball, the better it will turn out once baked.
  • Place the balls onto your prepared pan, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar. I gently press on the balls a little to flatten them a smidgen. This way they hold more of the sugar.
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes on the middle rack of your preheated oven. Rotate the pan halfway to insure even baking and browning.
  • Remove and let cool slightly. (see notes)

MAKE THE STRAWBERRIES:

  • While the shortcake biscuits are baking, rinse or soak the strawberries before trimming off the green strawberry tops. (See Notes)
  • Next, add 1/3 of the sliced strawberries to a bowl and mash with a potato masher. You can stop once it resembles a thick yet lumpy puree.
  • Add the remaining sliced strawberries to the bowl along with the granulated sugar and seedless raspberry jam. Stir well to combine and set off to the side for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM:

  • Place a metal or glass mixing bowl plus the whisk attacment into your freezer 20+ minutes before making whipped cream.
  • Once the bowl has chilled, place it into your stand mixer and pour in the heavy cream and vanilla. Start whisking on low speed and gradually increase the speed to high.
  • When the whipped cream has thickened but isn’t too thick yet, add in the sifted powdered sugar.
  • Start on low speed and gradually increase the speed to high until the cream is think and forms stiff peaks.

TO ASSEMBLE:

  • Use a serrated knife and cut the shortcake biscuits in half horizontally.
  • Spoon some of the strawberry topping over top of the bottom half of the biscuit, spilling some it onto the plate.
  • Next, top with a dollop of whipped cream and replace the top half of the biscuit.
  • Add a second dollop of whipped cream and a small spoonful of strawberries.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

A note about the biscuits:

I personally think these are best right after baking. You can make these in advance but I feel they are best freshly baked.

A note about the strawberries:

Because I’m using local michigan strawberries, I don’t find it necessary to hull or cut out the center part of the strawberry.

If you’re someone who likes extra strawberry topping, increase strawberries to 2½ or 3 pounds (total).

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.

This recipe was respectfully borrowed and slightly adapted from onceuponachef.com