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Strawberry Shortcake


This dessert is summertime eating at its best, a dish that highlights the freshness of its ingredients and the purity of its flavors. And it's easy to teach kids to make, too.

  • Servings: 6

Photography: Stefan Anderson

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Summer 2002


For the berries

  • 2 pints strawberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 large egg

For the whipped cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Prepare the berries: Toss the strawberries with lemon juice and sugar to combine. Let macerate at room temperature 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, make the biscuits: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk to combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 cup cream and stir with a fork just until dough starts to come together but is still crumbly.

  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a rough 6-inch square, about 1 inch thick. With a 2 1/2-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut four biscuits from dough and place them, evenly spaced, on a parchment- lined baking sheet. Gather dough scraps together, fold once, and gently pat into a rectangle; cut out two more biscuits. Whisk egg and remaining 1 tablespoon cream, then brush egg wash over tops of dough rounds.

  4. Bake until tops are golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 25 minutes. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack and let cool slightly.

  5. When ready to serve, whip cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Split biscuits in half, and place a bottom half on each plate. Top generously with berries and their juice, then with remaining biscuit halves and dollops of whipped cream. Scatter a few more strawberries on top and around each plate.

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  • mokimoms
    1 JUN, 2015
    This recipe was super yummy. Guests loved it. I changed one thing, I added 1 T. of sugar and lemon zest to the whipped cream and I needed to use a whole cup of heavy whipping cream to serve 6 people (instead of only 1/2 cup). Will definitely make again. Amazing flavor!!