Rustic Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
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A fresh Rustic Strawberry Shortcake Recipe, just like grandma used to make!
Certain things always remind me that summer is just around the corner. School coming to an end, daylight after dinner, strawberries at the farm stands, to name a few.
Strawberry picking is one my family’s favorite early summer activities. Actually we make berry picking an all-summer affair, but you can only pick strawberries in late May and early June where I live.
You can tell a lot about someone by how they approach berry picking… Do they sit on the sidelines, afraid of dirt and the possibility of snakes? Do they stay in one spot and clean out all the berries from one or two plants, or follow the paths back and forth casually grabbing a berry here and there?
Berry picking shows tell-tail signs of how a person approaches life. Of course, it’s not an exact science, but a fairly good indicator.
I steadily observe my children as they take on the berry patch. My oldest races out with her bucket. She quickly checks the berries, but is more interested in filling her bucket first. Then as the self-proclaimed “Queen of Strawberries”, she helps (dictates) everyone else with their picking efforts. My youngest gingerly floats down the rows studying the berries for utter perfection. He quietly mutters at times, “That one’s a little dirty. This one isn’t red enough yet.”
He then picks the largest, most crimson berry and devours it, right there, instead of placing it in his basket. I think last time we went berry picking he came out of the strawberry patch with no more than 5 berries… But they were the loveliest!
What do we do with our baskets full of berries?
The real question is, what don’t we do with them. We spend the early summer stuffing berries in just about everything we make. Breakfast, salads, snacks, appetizers, but above all, desserts!
However, one of my very favorite ways to enjoy fresh seasonal strawberries is to make a Rustic Strawberry Shortcake Recipe, just like grandma’s.
My Rustic Strawberry Shortcake Recipe isn’t limited to berry season alone. However, I think it’s best with fresh strawberries, ripe off the vine!
Real shortcakes are squatty sweet biscuits that can be cracked in the middle to provide a top and bottom. Shortcakes are a member of the “quick bread” family, so it’s best to use very cold ingredients and to work fast, so the dough goes into the oven cold.
This allows the cool butter clumps to work their magic and produce light flaky layers. You could also make the shortcakes and put them into the fridge until ready to bake.
In this Rustic Strawberry Shortcake Recipe, I’ve added a little cornmeal to the mix to provide a distinct color and texture. Cornmeal shortcakes are also fabulous with blueberries as well!
Rustic Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
For the Shortcakes:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more as needed
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons for tops
- 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1 stick
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup whole milk (or half & half) + 1 tablespoon for tops
For the Strawberries:
- 5 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
For the Whipped Cream:
- 2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Place 1 cup of strawberries in a large bowl and smash (macerate) them with 1/4 cup of sugar. Use the back of a ladle or a wooden spoon to do this. Mix with the rest of the berries into the bowl and chill until ready to serve.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 cup sugar in the food processor. Pulse to mix.
- Chop the cold butter into cubes and add to the processor. Pulse the processor several times until the pieces are the size of peas. Add 1 egg and 1/2 cup whole milk to the food processor. Pulse one or two times, until just combine. You still want to be able to see butter clumps.
- Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and shape with your hands into a rectangle about 3/4- to 1-inch thick. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to cut out 6-8 shortcakes.
- Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush the shortcakes with milk and sprinkle the extra 2 tablespoons of sugar over the tops.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden. Cool the shortcakes for just a few minutes.
- Whip the heavy cream in an electric mixer, with the vanilla and 3 tablespoons sugar, until soft peaks form.
- Find a crack in the side of each shortcake and gently separate them into tops and bottoms. Spoon berries over the bottom half of each shortcake, add a large dollop of whipped cream, and place the shortcake top on the cream. Serve immediately.
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delicious!! Thanks for sharing this recipe during summer time. I definitely try this summer food. keep posting
Wow It’s really amazing there are so many dishes which I really loved it and I want to try all the dishes by myself thanks for sharing your ideas they are just amazing.
Wow, What an amazing Recipe. It is looking too delicious in the picture, so you can imagine its taste. I will try it on this weekend.
Looks delicious. I am from the UK and your recipe for shortcake is very similar to the quintessential British scone, which is eaten with jam and clotted cream.
i want to take all these recipes out of my screen and taste it.it’s mouth watering.
Lovely receipt and useful info thanks
a very delicious recipe
Shortcake is a must have for summer. These look delicious!
Just in time! . Love strawberries. I must try your recipe. x
This has to be the best looking shortcake that I’ve ever seen! I must try this very soon.
Hey it's Serena, I came to your last cooking class w Kerry. Just saw you in one of her pictures and wanted to let you know I made to strawberry shortcake last night and it was delicious! Good job teaching the us how to cook! ;) Hope you had a great Memorial weekend.
cornmeal shortcake…how awesome..i love strawberry season…bookmarked..yum
Although I love strawberries I really look forward to blueberry season which starts in a few weeks! These shortcakes are so divine! Just scrumptious.
How wonderful Sommer!
I love cornmeal period! And I love summer strawberries, period! So there you have it – you've combined the best of both worlds in this delightful seasonal creation.
Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
Wonderful way to eat fresh strawberries, YUM!
Ohh this looks so tempting. Such bright beautiful strawberries. I love strawberry shortcake.
What a fun activity! We have gone apple pickin gin the fall but not strawberry picking. We'll hvae to find a farm out here. The strawberry shortcake looks wonderful with the fresh strawberries.
Gorgeous Sommer! I'm in love with fresh berries this time of year and just went strawberry picking for the first time last week – I'm in love – the berries are incredible! This recipe is terrible for me right now as I have sworn off desserts temporarily – strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites and i love the idea of a bit of corn meal crunch – Terrible, terrible!
It's such a classic summer celebration. As I read your post and seeing the pictures, I got reminded of the summer that's just passed here.(It's autumn in Wellington)… So much sweet memories, including strawberries.
Another perfection, again, Sommer!
Agree with your post 100% my in laws have rows and rows of strawberry and raspberry patches in their garden and we take full advantage of it !
Looking forward to seeing your other recipes to widen my aresenal with :) We just did last night strawberries macerated with Limcello and topped with real chantilly
Wow! I love the look of your shortcakes and those strawberries are just unbelievable! I've bookmarked this – they look so irresistable!
Waw!!! Stunning food!
This dessert sings to me!!
MMMMMMMMMM,…I so love strawberries!
What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing. Great way to honor those strawberries with a fantastic dish.
This looks incredibly delicious, I am craving something sweet and I wish I could have one of those. What's better than summer fruits?
Love strawberries. Can't wait until we have ripe ones near me to pick. The squirrels ate all the ones in my home garden.
Short-breads and preserves. Nothing says summer like strawberries!