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Old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

We are enjoying local strawberries, fresh from the fields these days.  Though strawberries taste good any which way, there's nothing quite like a serving of old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.  This recipe is more like a sweet biscuit more than a cake and came from my friend Marlene some three decades ago.
  • 1 quart strawberries / 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint whipping cream / 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk

  1. Wash and slice strawberries. Add about 1/4 cup sugar to sliced berries and set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Whip cream at medium speed until soft peaks are formed...adding 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Cut in butter to make coarse crumbs.
  5. Combine milk and egg and add to dry ingredients. 
  6. Stir with a fork or spoon...just until moistened.
  7. Pat batter into greased eight inch round pan.
  8. Bake at 425° F for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  10. Cut cake into wedges.
  11. Split each wedge in half horizontally filling with strawberries and whipped cream...and topping with more of the same. 


  1. I love strawberry shortcake. Beautiful photo, too.

  2. okay ..I'm convinced. . .it is time to go pick those strawberries before they are all gone.

  3. Our strawberry season is coming so I have something to look forward to..looks wonderful!

  4. Oh, this looks so good!! I might have to pick up some whipping cream and make it.

  5. I just picked up 10 pounds...of strawberries. That recipe looks wonderful.

  6. I love making the shortcake! What a difference it makes in this dessert! Thanks for the recipe! ♥

  7. I have one berry almost ripe on my plants. I can hardly wait for the rest of them to ripen and be ready. It may take awhile since we are not having very good berry weather!
    My 3 year old checks them every day, hoping for one of them to be ready to eat.
    That shortcake looks so good!


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