An elegant dessert for spring and summer, serve Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe, with homemade buttermilk biscuits, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream!

plate of strawberry shortcake

Are you a strawberry shortcake lover like I am? Then you’ll love this Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe with homemade buttermilk biscuits.

Perfect for spring and summer, serve a traditional Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream!

Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

The biscuits are made of butter, flour, sprinkle of sugar, and buttermilk. Slice and pile on the juicy strawberries and homemade whipped cream. So simple yet so good.

deconstructed strawberry shortcake

Summer menu with strawberry shortcake

Here’s a lovely luncheon menu: Serve a Melon Bowtie Pasta Salad and Strawberry and Blue Cheese Bruschetta and this shortcake for dessert. Delicious!

Years ago, we had the most wonderful garden filled with juicy strawberries. Then we traded our love for gardening for a new season of enjoying other outdoor activities here in central Oregon. It’s hard to grow a garden here.

I’m so excited that the stores are full of strawberries, and that we got to enjoy my favorite dessert this past week. Here’s a post I wrote years ago, How to Store Fresh Picked Strawberries, for some tips on preserving strawberries.

deconstructed strawberry shortcake with a fork

Strawberry Shortcakes Ingredients

  • Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar
  • Egg, butter, and buttermilk
  • Heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla
  • Beautiful strawberries

Friends, I still love this quote and philosophy from Edith Shaeffer’s book back in 1971. It’s so true, that even the simplest meal can be beautiful and tasty.

“It is not necessary to have an extravagant food budget in order to serve things with variety and tastefully cooked. It is not necessary to have expensive food on the plates before they can enter the dining room as things of beauty in colour and texture. Food should be served with real care as to the colour and texture on the plates, as well as with imaginative taste. This is where artistic talent and aesthetic expression and fulfillment come in.” – Edith Schaeffer (The Hidden Art of Homemaking, 1971)

Today, so many of us don’t entertain like the our mothers or grandmothers did. The table was set beautifully, with fine dinnerware, in a formal living room.

Today? Most of us have great rooms! Or we grab the food and eat outside.

Mother’s Day was our first day ever to eat outside on our top deck since we moved into our new home.

A simple table and my favorite flower (peony), made it elegant and special.

Edith’s words are still so relevant today. Food is art, and for many of us who like to cook, or entertain, the beautiful color and texture all comes together.

biscutis for strawberry shortcake

How to make the biscuits

  1. With the addition of an egg, these biscuits have a tight crumb, but remain fluffy and moist!
  2. Make the dough using a food processor.
  3. Pour the dough out onto a floured surface and gently shape into an square; cut the square into quarters and stack them on top of each other.
  4. Using a rolling pin, press the dough down and shape into a rectangle about 1’’ high. Cut into 6-8 biscuits using a knife or bench scraper.
  5. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Before baking, brush the tops with buttermilk or melted butter. Bake for 6 large biscuits!

looking down on a plate of strawberry shortcake, a bowl of whipped cream, and shortcakes

How to prepare the strawberries

This is a no hassle recipe, as you don’t need to reduce the strawberries to syrup—so no sugar needs to be added.

For the cream? Whip the cream to soft peaks with the sugar, then fold in the vanilla and crème fraîche (or sour cream).

To serve, cut open a biscuit and spoon a generous helping of whipped cream on top, with sliced strawberries!

Simply serve them fresh and enjoy!

Oh, and also tasty is my Strawberry Watermelon Chicken Salad or this No Bake Strawberry Shortcake!

Happy summer! 

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Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

With the addition of an egg, these biscuits have a tight crumb, but remain fluffy and moist—perfect served with a tangy whipped cream and fresh strawberries! This is a no hassle recipe, as you don’t need to reduce the strawberries to a syrup (though you are welcome to!), so no sugar needs to be added. Simply serve them fresh and enjoy!

Ingredients

Biscuits:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2’’ pieces, frozen
  • 1 cup buttermilk, plus 2 tablespoons for brushing

Cream Filling:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche, or sour cream
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced

Instructions

Biscuit Instructions:

  • Preheat to 400 degrees. Whisk the buttermilk and egg and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar, and pulse until combined. Add in the butter cubes and pulse until the butter is broken into pea-sized chunks, or break it apart with your hands, but work quickly so as not to melt the butter.
  • Add in the buttermilk and egg mixture, and pulse to just combine; the dough should just come together and remain very shaggy. If you are not using a food processor, use a fork to mix in the buttermilk.
  • Pour the dough out onto a floured surface and gently shape into a square; cut the square into quarters and stack them on top of each other. Using a rolling pin, press the dough down and shape into a rectangle about 1’’ high. Cut into 6-8 biscuits using a knife or bench scraper.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Before baking, brush the tops with buttermilk or melted butter. Bake until golden, 25-30 minutes (for 6 large biscuits).

Cream Instructions:

  • Whip the cream to soft peaks with the sugar, then fold in the vanilla and crème fraîche (or sour cream). To serve, cut open a biscuit and spoon a generous helping of whipped cream on top, with sliced strawberries!
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