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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and fresh whipped cream make this the perfect dessert.

Nothing says comfort like freshly-picked strawberries topped with whipped cream and served on a homemade buttermilk biscuit. This recipe is the perfect dessert for a weekend treat, to make for a cookout, or to serve at any special occasion!

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake


1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
Combine in a medium bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator to chill

In a medium-sized bowl, combine:
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
6 teaspoons cold butter (or try this method!)
1 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 425º F.  Add the dry biscuit ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter, fingertips, or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. It should still have a few pea-size chunks of butter left in the mixture. Add the buttermilk and mix with a fork until just moist.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured board or pastry cloth. Knead lightly 2 or 3 times, folding it over on itself a few times until it holds together.  Do not overwork the dough!

Gently roll out dough to 3/4-inch thickness. With cutter 2-1/2 inches in diameter, cut out 7 biscuits. Place one in the center of a greased 8-inch layer cake pan. Arrange remaining biscuits around it. 

Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Whipped Cream

In medium bowl whip:
1 cup whipping cream
4 tablespoons sugar

To Assemble: Remove biscuits from pan and allow to cool. Slice each biscuit in half lengthwise. Cover bottom half with a generous spoonful of chilled berries; replace the top and add more strawberries and top with whipped cream. Garnish with fresh sliced berries, if desired.  Makes 7 servings.

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Some people prefer sponge cake shells or angel food cake—not biscuits—for their strawberry shortcake. Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments section, below!

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To me the old fashioned biscuits are the absolute best! My Mom made her famous strawberry shortcake using this recipe back in the 50’s. So delicious!

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