the real strawberry shortcake

I read on someone’s blog recently about strawberry shortcake, and they made their’s with, ummm, cake. Spongey cake. According to Jim Villas in his amazing, classic cookbook My Mother’s Southern Desserts, the “one and only” strawberry shortcake is made with what is essentially a biscuit. I whipped this up in about 20 minutes flat on Memorial Day, and the result was transcendent. I know, that’s a fussy word, but it was. Served with sugared berries and just lightly sweetened and freshly whipped cream, while the biscuits were still hot from the oven, this dessert was so good, it actually brought a tear to my eye.

See what I mean about the “cake”? The dough is made from flour, baking powder, salt, butter, an egg and half-and-half. You add just 3 tablespoons of sugar, so it’s barely sweet. Then you press it out like biscuit dough.

Use round biscuit or cookie cutters (or a drinking glass like me) to cut the dough out into circles. The less you handle this dough, the better.

The biscuits bake up fast and fluffy. If you’ve never tried strawberry shortcake the real way before, you’re in for a treat. The book is unfortunately a little tough to come by, so if you can find one, buy it. I’ve lost count of how many recipes I’ve made from this classic. It never disappoints.

52 thoughts on “the real strawberry shortcake

  1. Mmm, just like my Grandma makes! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am beyond excited to see somebody wrote a cookbook for fluff – that's going on my wishlist! 🙂

  2. There's nothing like a warm biscuit fresh out of the oven. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream. It's been a long while since I've had some. Probably one of the easiest treats to make. Yum!

  3. This looks great!!!!! I'm actually supposed to make Paula Deen's strawberry something-or-other this weekend for my blog, but I will definately try this. 🙂

  4. A dessert so good it brought a tear to your eye? Sounds like a must-try to me.I actaully made strawberry shortcake for my kids yesterday, but used a leftover cake layer. I love the idea of a warm biscuit.

  5. pene: oh really? I actually can't count how many times I've made scones. I know they might seem similar from the description, but they're totally different in texture… trust me.jenn: I agree, perfect and simple.ungourmet: me too!dajana: those people were very wrong. the worst are those sponge cakes they sell in the supermarket alongside the berries. yuck.pigpigscorner: thanksalwayzbakin: i bet paula deen's recipe is very similar, but with 4 sticks of butter instead of onecarole: using leftover cake is smart in my mind, for an easy dessert. but starting from scratch is pretty easy too.steph: i know, right?abby: then thanks for visiting and commenting

  6. The first strawberry shortcake I ate (in Dallas, TX) was made with a biscuit (not from scratch, but from Bisquick, but still …). But outside of the South, it seems anything goes.Just by looking at the recipe and the pix, I believe you that this never disappoints.

  7. Only biscuits will do! I just add a little more sugar to my buttermilk biscuit recipe. Easy. Angel food cake can't compare. And real whipped cream too, please!

  8. I'm with you… has to be biscuit-texture. No cake for my strawberry shortcake! I love that these are individual size. I've made 2 large discs of dough before and used them as top and bottom of a big shortcake you can cut into pieces and serve.

  9. yum…I love strawberry shortcake on a, well…shortcake (a biscuit's considered a shortcake, right!?) The sweetness of the berries with the richness of the biscuit, plus the cream…oh man! Now I want one.

  10. melody: ha, thanks for visitingkerstin: thanksgaby: well, it's really easy to make, that's for sureleela: a biscuit with bisquick is still a biscuit. but then again, bisquick isn't much easier than mixing up a little flour and baking soda yourself. anyway, thanks for librarian: wow, that's quite a compliment. thanks.dp: you're so rightmegan: two biscuits in one serving… wow, that would be even bettergirlichef: yeah, i think we're saying that a shortcake is pretty much a biscuit with a little sugar. just no spongey cake here.

  11. Those biscuts are beautiful! They remind me of my mom's which I can never seem to replicate! When I think of Strawberry Shortcake I always think of it with Biscuits and not cake!

  12. biscuit like shortcakes are the way to go…spongey cake is too, well, spongey, it falls apart. seriously a mess. i bet the smell was amazing!

  13. sylvie: thanks for visitingpandalicous: definitelyhoneyb: I bet this recipe comes pretty close. thanks for visiting.cindy: yeah, the house smelled great after I made thesemurasaki: thanks for visiting, as alwaysjordan: yum is right!melissa: thankspamela: I agree completely.priyameena: thanks to you, tookathy: ha, thanks…

  14. mymy! shortcakes are yum to the max. i know you said it was easy but for an amateur cook like me, its better to have some kinda measurements! hehe. email me the recipe please? pretty please* puppy eyes

  15. I believe you when you say these were transcendent – I'm transported just looking at them! I just looked up the book at the local library but they only carry "My Mother's Southern KITCHEN" – I wonder if the biscuit recipe might be in there . . . ?

  16. I make risen biscuits all the time but have yet to make sweet ones for strawberry shortcake even though I think about it all the time. Yours look delicious!

  17. jamie: then making this would be no problem for you. then you just need whipped cream and to toss some strawberries with sugar and you're done.

  18. sorry my replies are all out of order…tangled noodle: that is a REALLY good book, but it might just have a small chapter of desserts. but really, you might want to check that other book out for a while.

  19. one of my favorites ever!!! some friends at work suggested using those pre-made "shortcake" sponge cakey things f/m the grocery. then i made the real thing and they immediately changed their mind!thanks for visiting my blog btw!

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