Strawberry Shortcake Recipes Fresh and Fruity Treats

Strawberry Shortcake Recipes: Fresh and Fruity Treats

Ever tried making a strawberry shortcake? If not, you’re in for a real treat. I remember the first time I made one it was a bit of a mess, but oh boy, was it delicious! So, buckle up, folks. We’re diving into the world of fresh and fruity strawberry shortcake recipes. Ready? Let’s go!

Why Strawberry Shortcake?

Strawberry shortcake is one of those desserts that scream summer. Picture this: fresh, juicy strawberries, fluffy whipped cream, and a tender, crumbly biscuit. Yum! It’s not just about the taste, though; it’s about the memories you create while making and eating it. Whether you’re a kitchen newbie or a seasoned chef, there’s something magical about whipping up a strawberry shortcake.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Alright, let’s start with the classic. This recipe is the OG of strawberry shortcakes. Simple, yet oh-so-good. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 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 cubed
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for the strawberries)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for the whipped cream)

Now, let’s get baking!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425F (220C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract until just combined. (Careful not to overmix no one likes a tough biscuit!)
  5. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. You should get about 8 biscuits.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Meanwhile, toss the sliced strawberries with the 1/4 cup sugar. Let them sit for about 30 minutes to macerate. This makes them extra juicy.
  8. Whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. (Pro tip: chill your bowl and whisk beforehand for extra fluffy cream.)

Time to assemble:

  • Slice a biscuit in half.
  • Top the bottom half with a generous spoonful of strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Place the top half of the biscuit on top and add more strawberries and whipped cream if you’re feeling indulgent.

There you have it the perfect classic strawberry shortcake!

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Got gluten issues? No problemo! This gluten-free version is just as tasty. Heres what you need:

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for the strawberries)
  • 1 cup coconut cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for the whipped cream)

Lets get started:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425F (220C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in the almond milk and vanilla extract until just combined.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. You should get about 8 biscuits.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Toss the sliced strawberries with the 1/4 cup sugar and let them sit for about 30 minutes to macerate.
  8. Whip the coconut cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.

Assemble as you would the classic version, and enjoy!

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

Vegans, we got you covered too! This vegan strawberry shortcake is so good, even non-vegans will love it. Heres what you need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for the strawberries)
  • 1 cup coconut cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for the whipped cream)

Ready to make some vegan magic? Let’s do this:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425F (220C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in the coconut oil until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in the almond milk and vanilla extract until just combined.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. You should get about 8 biscuits.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Toss the sliced strawberries with the 1/4 cup sugar and let them sit for about 30 minutes to macerate.
  8. Whip the coconut cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.

Assemble just like the classic version, and voil vegan strawberry shortcake!

Strawberry Shortcake with a Twist

Feeling adventurous? Try these fun twists on the classic recipe. Theyre sure to impress!

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. Add a chocolatey spin to your shortcake:

  • Replace 1/4 cup of the flour with cocoa powder.
  • Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the dough.
  • Follow the classic recipe for the rest of the steps.

Top with strawberries and whipped cream, and you’ve got a decadent chocolate strawberry shortcake.

Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

For a zesty twist, add some lemon:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest to the dough.
  • Replace the vanilla extract with lemon extract.
  • Follow the classic recipe for the rest of the steps.

Top with strawberries and whipped cream, and enjoy the refreshing lemony flavor.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips to make your strawberry shortcake even better:

  • Use fresh, ripe strawberries for the best flavor. If strawberries aren’t in season, you can use frozen ones just thaw them first.
  • Chill your bowl and whisk before whipping the cream. It helps the cream whip up

    faster and hold its shape better.

  • If you’re short on time, you can use store-bought biscuits or shortcakes. No judgment here!
  • Get creative with your toppings. Add a drizzle of chocolate sauce, a sprinkle of nuts, or even some fresh mint leaves.

Final Thoughts

Well, folks, thats a wrap on our strawberry shortcake adventure. Whether you stick with the classic or try one of the fun twists, I hope you enjoy making and eating these delicious treats. Remember, the best part about cooking is having fun and making memories. So, gather your loved ones, get in the kitchen, and whip up some strawberry shortcakes. And don’t forget to share your creations I’d love to see them!

Happy baking!

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