Individual Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing makes me think of summer more than tender buttery cakes layered with sweet strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

Shortcakes are essentially a sweeter version of biscuits, and made in a similar way. Flour and cold butter are cut together, then buttermilk is added. The one ingredient they have that biscuits don’t is an egg, which gives them a cake-like texture.

After baking, the sweet and tender cakes are topped with fruit and whipped cream making it the perfect summer dessert!

The best part? The shortcakes can be made in advance and frozen. And the berries and whipped cream can be made the night before.

Simply thaw the cakes in the refrigerator or pop in the toaster oven for a few minutes until they are warmed.

Then you’ll have a quick and easy dessert good enough for company!

How to Make Shortcake Biscuits

Start by preheating the oven to 425°F and greasing or lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup each of all-purpose and wheat flour, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives or a fork), cut in 4 tablespoons of cubed butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Then in a large measuring cup whisk an egg, followed by a 1/2 cup of milk and a 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt.

Now slowly add this liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Don’t over mix.

Using a large spoon scoop the dough onto the baking sheet forming eight mounds. If desired, gently press down so the top is a little flat.

Bake the cakes for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Then cool them on a wire rack. They can be used immediately, stored in the fridge for several days, or frozen.

How to Assemble Strawberry Shortcakes

Meanwhile, place 2 cups of fresh strawberries (half of them sliced) and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, honey, or sugar in a bowl and toss gently. Doing this will macerate the berries by softening the fruit and drawing out the liquid. It can be done the night before.

Next, whip 1/2 cup cold heavy cream with 2 more teaspoons of honey or powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla. If possible, place your bowl and whisks in the fridge beforehand until they are cold. It will help the cream whip up faster.

Whip the cream until soft peaks form but don’t over-whip or you’ll get butter!

Keep the whipped cream chilled until ready to use. It can be prepared several hours in advance, but might need to be gently re-whipped before serving.

When ready to serve, split the shortcakes in half horizontally. Then spoon some strawberries over the bottom halves. Place the other cake halves on top, spoon on more berries, and finally top with the whipped cream. 

While I use granulated sugar in the cakes, I prefer using honey or maple syrup in the berries and the whipped cream. They pair nicely with fruit and add another layer of flavor. 

I also prefer to use only a small amount of sweetener which allows the natural sweetness of the berries and cream to shine through. Of course, feel free to increase the sweeteners to your liking.

Joby's Test Kitchen Individual strawberry shortcake

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Individual Strawberry Shortcakes

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Fluffy buttery biscuits topped with fresh strawberries and sweet cream!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Shortcakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup (120g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsps (24g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsps (56g) cold butter, diced
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Macerated Strawberries:

  • 2 cups strawberries, half sliced
  • 2-4 tsps maple syrup, honey, or sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream, chilled
  • 2-4 tsps honey or powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Shortcakes

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  • In a measuring cup whisk the egg, followed by the sour cream/yogurt and milk.
  • Slowly add the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Don't over mix!
  • Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet forming eight mounds. If desired, gently press down so the top is a little flat. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. They can be eaten immediately, stored in the fridge for several days, or frozen.

Macerated Strawberries

  • Meanwhile, place strawberries and 2 teaspoons of sweetener in a bowl; toss gently and set aside. This can be prepped the night before.

Whipped Cream

  • Next, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a cold bowl until soft peaks form. Don’t over-whip or you’ll get butter! Keep chilled until ready to use. It can be prepared several hours in advance, but might need to be gently re-whipped.
  • When ready to serve, split shortcakes in half horizontally. Spoon some strawberries over the bottom halves. Place the other cake halves on top. Spoon on more berries and finally the whipped cream.
Keyword biscuits, shortcakes, strawberries, summer, whipped cream

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