I believe I have always had a little place in my heart for strawberry shortcake. There are so many amazing desserts out there, but strawberry shortcake has got to be one of my all time favorites. This lemon strawberry shortcake may take the prize though…
When I was little, and it was summertime in Vancouver, my mom would occasionally have such a crazy busy, and exhausting day from having 5 kids, chores, gardening etc that she would pick up fried chicken and strawberry shortcake for dinner. This RARELY happened, because we never really ate out, but when it did, oh my goodness! It was like the Heavens had opened and the most perfect dinner had come down to Earth. I could hardly stand the wait! My mom would grab some fresh strawberries from the garden and mash them up a little bit with a pastry cutter, add a little sugar, and let them sit in the fridge while we had dinner. Then she’d pull out those little, round angel food cakes and top them with the berries and whipped cream. It was perfection.
As I got older we would occasionally, and by occasionally I mean once a year, go to BurgerVille. If you live in the pacific Northwest you know about BurgerVille. It’s such a favorite. MMMMMMMM, I’m missing it as I type. Well, they have a strawberry shortcake with an actual shortcake. It became one of my all time favorites. It always hits the spot. Everything there is good, although I’ve never tried the special sauce, and now I don’t live there, so I’ll probably never get to. 🙁
Anyway, the other day I really started to crave that version of strawberry shortcake, but of course I had to make it my own. This is what I came up with, although next time I’ll let the berries sit a little longer so as to allow them to break down and let the juices flow. I truly cannot express how much I loved these. That tiny bit of lemon is almost unnoticeable, but oh my heavens it is light and refreshing. The shortcakes are tender and flaky, but they hold up nicely to the berries. Gosh, I think I’ll be making these again tomorrow. I can’t help it! This is my all time favorite strawberry shortcake ever. EVER!
Is Shortcake the Same As A Biscuit?
Technically, shortcake is just a sweet biscuit.
Shortcake is eaten with strawberries and whipped cream, and a biscuit is usually eaten with butter.
Can Shortcake be Frozen?
Shortcake is best on the day it is made, but can be frozen for up to 1 month.
Are Strawberries Healthy?
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
Strawberries are also a good source of manganese and potassium.
Lemon Strawberry Shortcake
Lemon Strawberry Shortcake
- 1 Pint of Strawberries, sliced and sprinkled with sugar in a bowl
- 1/2 Pint Heavy Cream, whipped with a little sugar at the end until it is sweetened
For the Shortcakes
- 2 Cups Flour
- 5 Tablespoons Sugar, plus a few tablespoons for topping
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 3/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream, plus a few tablespoons for topping
- 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
- 1/2 Cup Cold, Unsalted Butter, cut in small cubes
- 1 Large Egg
- In a medium sized bow, mix together the dry ingredients and the lemon zest with a whisk.
- Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like small peas.
- In a small bowl, slightly beat the egg.
- Add the egg, and all wet ingredients to the flour mixture and use a fork to gently mix the dough together.
- Place on a lightly floured surface and gently knead the dough until everything is holding together.
- Roll the dough out to 1/2" thick and use a glass or biscuit cutter to cut out shortcakes.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Heat the oven to 425.
- Remove from the fridge and let sit for a few minutes.
- Brush the tops with a little heavy cream and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
- Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes.
- Cool, and then break open, and serve with fresh berries, whipped cream and lemon zest.
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This looks delicious, and is quite quick to make as well. Will definitely be trying sometime in the near future.
Thank you so much!
I made this yesterday and it turned out amazing! The only change I made was I doubled the lemon zest (to add more lemon flavor.) I think these would also be amazing for breakfast (similar to a breakfast scone!)
I made this today and it is amazing! The only change I made was I doubled the lemon zest (I wanted a bit more lemon punch!)
Yes! I do that as well, but found most readers didn’t like extra lemon so I cut the recipe back. I’m so glad to hear we are the same!
I love a biscuity shortcake! I found a recipe a while back that uses powdered sugar for added sweetness (leaving out the granular sugar) to help the biscuit maintain a lofty texture– I love it! I will definitely try adding the lemon zest next time; sounds delicious!
Thanks for the heads up. 🙂
Hi, this looks great! Can you freeze the shortcakes?
Yes! I totally freeze mine. However, I will warn you that it will be tempting to just go grab a bite and skip the strawberry part. Not that I did that, repeatedly, all day long 😉
Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
I will never tire of strawberry ANYTHING, let alone shortcakes!!! Yum!!!
Me either. It just screams sunshine and happiness
Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen
This looks delicious, I want to make it now! Perfect for mother’s day.
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
Strawberry shortcake is my all time favorite summer dessert!!! And you photos are amazing…love the dark background!!!
gah, photography gives me anxiety. I have so much to learn from you ladies
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
These are yummy! Your photos are gorgeous too. I love strawberry and lemon together!
Seriously – I want this right now!!