Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry shortcake is a classic dessert that combines a sweet, crumbly shortcake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. This delightful treat is perfect for summer gatherings or any time you crave a light and fruity dessert.

Ingredients

For the Shortcake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Strawberries:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preparing the Strawberries:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries and granulated sugar.
  2. Toss to coat the strawberries evenly with the sugar.
  3. Let the strawberries sit for at least 30 minutes to macerate and release their juices.

Making the Shortcake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the cold butter pieces to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Pour in the milk and vanilla extract. Stir until just combined and a dough forms. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead it a few times until it comes together.
  6. Pat the dough into a 1-inch thick round. Use a biscuit cutter or a glass to cut out shortcakes. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the shortcakes are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.

Making the Whipped Cream:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overbeat.

Assembling the Strawberry Shortcake:

  1. Once the shortcakes have cooled, slice them in half horizontally.
  2. Place the bottom half of each shortcake on a serving plate.
  3. Spoon a generous amount of the macerated strawberries and their juices over the shortcake.
  4. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  5. Place the top half of the shortcake over the whipped cream and add more strawberries and whipped cream on top if desired.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade strawberry shortcake!

Feel free to adjust the sweetness of the strawberries and whipped cream to your liking. This delightful dessert is sure to impress and satisfy any sweet tooth!

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