Light and Flaky, Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

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Make today a strawberry shortcake kind of day.

A Lovely Winter Treat

You know you can have a delightful, sinfully delightful treat when the snow is piled up outside with strawberries, shortcake, and ice cream. Yes, ice cream in winter.

No fresh berries and frozen ones at the store are too costly??

Try this...whip up a batch of the shortcake and top with a little strawberry jelly or jam that has been heated so that it is runny and gooey.

Top with a dollop of your favorite ice cream or even whipped cream....yes, it would work.


5 stars from 2 ratings of Light and flaky buttermilk strawberry shortcake

From the time I was big enough to waddle out to the strawberry patch, I was out there, picking berries.Most of the time, I ate more of them than ever went into the berry picking baskets.

We had about 2 acres of berries so keeping them picked took all of us. As the berries were picked, my Mother was kept busy in the evenings preparing them in many ways so they would not go to waste. Again we were all called into action, helping as much as we could.

Mother would freeze some of those glorious berries so in the winter when snow was on the ground, for an extra special treat, we could have strawberry shortcake.

Out of those same juicy berries so very fragrant that they filled the house with their aroma, Mother made jam and jelly that we stored in our cool room at the eastern side of our home.

As you might guess, there was no shortage of strawberry shortcake each summer as the berries ripened and begged to be eaten. This light and flaky buttermilk strawberry shortcake is just what you need to make an evening spectacular.

Do you have a shortcake making tip you would like to share in the comment section? Tips are appreciated.

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The recipe I shared here is as close to my Momma's recipe for shortcake as I could get. I watched her make it for so many years. During all of that time, I never wrote down the recipe. You know, I always intended to but the years slipped away and it just did not get done.

  • Try to handle the dough only as much as necessary.
  • I even recommend patting it out into the rectangle rather than rolling it.
  • Another little trick I learned by watching was to fold the dough over into thirds, pat it down and out into a rectangle.This results in a flakier lighter shortcake.
  • Then repeat.
  • Finally pat out to about a six by eight rectangle.
  • Cut out with a cookie cutter.

Why berries become juicy when sugar is added

The reason the juice magically appears when sugar is added is fascinating. When there is more water on the inside of the strawberry than there is on the outside, the moisture flows out of the berry until there is equal water on both sides. I understand that salt can have the same effect but have never tried it.

This is actually osmosis which is "the tendency of a fluid, usually water to pass through a semipermeable membrane solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on either side of the membrane." (Dictionary.com)

About the Berries

After the berries have been quartered and placed into the bowl, add sugar.which will cause juice to form if allowed to sit for a bit. If you notice in the photos you do not see the juice on the short cake. The reason you do not is that I did not use sugar.

The reason I did not use sugar is that these berries this year are so naturally sweet that no sugar was necessary.

However, if you want juicy shortcake, be sure to use that sugar.

Strawberry short cake is not just for summer. Bring a bit of the warmth of summer to home today.

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake....You will love this cook!!!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 9 shortcakes

Dough Gathered and Formed into a Ball

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Folding Dough into Thirds Before Rolling

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached, unbromated flour
  • 1//4 cup granulated sugar, or 1/8 cup Dominos light
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup chilled butter, cubed
  • 4 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, or 1/8 cup Dominos light
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Spray cooking sheet with cooking spray or lay parchment paper on it. Set aside.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together. Incorporate butter into flour using hands or a pastry blender.
  3. Make a well in the flour and pour in buttermilk. Gently blend it in to flour until it pulls together.
  4. Fold onto pastry cloth or work space dusted with flour. Form into a ball. Gently work it for a few minutes, turning to avoid sticking to work space. Pat out into about a 6 x 8 rectangle. Fold over into thirds. Pat down again; repeat.
  5. Cut out with cookie cutter. Place on cooking sheet. Brush with buttermilk and add coarse sugar.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Remove from tray. Cut in half and top with berries Serve with a dollop or whipped cream or ice cream if you wish.
  7. Strawberries Rinse berries and quarter them. Place in a bowl and add about 1/4 cup sugar; allow to sit for about 20 minutes which will allow berries to break down forming the juice you will like to have on your biscuit.

Other Fruit Shortcakes

Try topping the biscuit with
some other fruits
peaches
blackberries
raspberries
(cooked) rhubard and strawberry sauce
blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries (combined)
(gently cooked) cherries
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 shortcake
Calories 250
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Carbohydrates 38 g13%
Sugar 30 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 19 mg6%
Sodium 100 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Absolutely, Au Fait. Reading and commenting on the hubs of others is one way we can help them and learn new things. And when we have read all they have submitted the going back to check in is always a good thing. I will go right now and check on your updated hub.

And yes, the Angels are around my family....we have our mountains to climb each day just like every one else and these precious Angels help us with our climb. Thank you for your kind words, AuFait.

And know that more Angels are headed your way ps


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

Have looked upon this delicious cake before, but I never tire of it. This is the perfect time to make it with June berries ripening.

Thought the idea behind comments was for rubbers to help other rubbers publicize their articles. Updated one of my articles yesterday, and hadn't planned on doing it. Added some videos of Mrs. Miller's amazing renditions of classic rock songs to "A Long Healthy Life or a Short Life Full of Excitement and Adventure," etc.

Thank you for the angels Patricia. I always appreciate them and your kindness in sending them. I hope they are always surrounding you and those you love.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I hope you do get to try this Peg ...as I mentioned in another comment berries are divine right now so shortcake time it is.

Thank you for visiting and for the votes. Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps


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PegCole17 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This makes me so hungry for strawberry shortcake and your memories of making jam and freezing the berries reminded me of my own family doing the same thing. I really loved the instructions and recipe for making this wonderful pastry from your Momma and will be pinning this for use later.

Useful, awesome and beautiful.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes AuFait and the berries are so plentiful right now. I just made short cakes a few nights ago. I have about 4 quarts of berries in the freezer. I just take out a bit and let thaw and shortcake is not far off. thanks for visiting

Know that Angels are headed your way ps


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas

I just love strawberry shortcake warm from the oven, soaked in fresh juicy strawberries. This is the time when strawberries are in the stores. Going to share this delicious recipe with followers. Also, voted up!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Me too AuFait My Momma always make this sweetened biscuit not unlike this recipe and we piled on berries from our garden. Yum. And now we have these berries here in Florida from plant city that are as close to the ones we grew that it it like a song when we enjoy them. thank you for visiting ps


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

I love strawberry shortcake! It's one of the best parts of spring when the strawberries ripen. My mother used to make hers from Pillsbury baking mix and so I do too. I think it's buttermilk actually. I think it's fantastic that yours is from scratch so that one needn't buy the expensive mix and it's more likely the ingredients will be on hand. Your photos look so inviting!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Kathy

Thanks for stopping by today.

This is a lovely little dessert to serve any time, actually. The light multitextured nature of it makes it do a happy dance in your mouth.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Sending Angels your way today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Kathy

Thanks for stopping by today.

This is a lovely little dessert to serve any time, actually. The light multitextured nature of it makes it do a happy dance in your mouth.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Sending Angels your way today :) ps


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TylerKathy 3 years ago from Lansing, Michigan

Oh My!!! You and I are going to become famous friends! Mercy, do your shortcakes look soft, sweet and ready for lots of good things! I am pulling out my Rhubarb recipes this week! I had to split up some plants in my patch to give to a friend who needed some cheering up and something to take care of. She said she didn't know what to do with Rhubarb, "what is it anyway?" So, by the time its ready for a first cutting she will surely know! LOL! I love your Hubs! You are so open, friendly and your message is filled with lovely memories. I really am glad that I will be able to learn from you. I am fairly newly disabled and I want to continue working in some way doing something I love doing. I am open to any feedback or suggestions you may offer. I would consider it a very friendly gesture. I think I know what I am having for Sunday desert........


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Alastar

Yes, Martin had told me in another recipe hub that he loved the ice cream. So I decided to tip my hat to him by including it in this one.

This is a keeper of a recipe, promise!! My Momma was the queen of short cakes so I think she was in the kitchen with me the day I made this.

Hopefully you can give it a try soon.

Sending Angels to you this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Alastar

Yes, Martin had told me in another recipe hub that he loved the ice cream. So I decided to tip my hat to him by including it in this one.

This is a keeper of a recipe, promise!! My Momma was the queen of short cakes so I think she was in the kitchen with me the day I made this.

Hopefully you can give it a try soon.

Sending Angels to you this morning :) ps


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Like the looks of this buttermilk strawberry shortcake, Patricia. Also like Mhatter's comment, "I can tell by the picture you were expecting me.."


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi stricklydating...

I hope you have a chance to try this. It is worth the little bit of mixing and patting down of the down. The result is so flavorful and filled with texture that you will wonder why you did not know about it sooner.

thanks for stopping by

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi stricklydating...

I hope you have a chance to try this. It is worth the little bit of mixing and patting down of the down. The result is so flavorful and filled with texture that you will wonder why you did not know about it sooner.

thanks for stopping by

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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stricktlydating 3 years ago from Australia

Yummy! I'm feeling like a strawberry shortcake kind of day after reading this :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi donnah....

Thank you for your kind words...photography has never been my strong suit. I am learning more each time I take another one.

Thank you for stopping by too..I hope you have a chance to try these...they are just as promised in the recipe...yummy.

Sending you Angels this morning :) ps


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donnah75 3 years ago from Upstate New York

Beautiful photos of a beautiful treat. I love strawberries. I am pinning this for when I get a good, tasty batch.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Deborah Diane

It is. I promise. And it really is not a lot of work. Just a few steps and it is done. Strawberries are everywhere here right now (in FL) so I am certain I will be making this again soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Sending you Angels this evening :) ps


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Mmmm! This sounds fabulous. I'll have to give your recipe a try.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for the votes and shares, Peggy. And I know what you mean..I just can't eat those spongy things. These are so little work and are so tender and flavorful that I really do not mind making them at all.

Sending you many Angels and I am glad I helped you take a small stroll down memory lane.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi

vespawoolf...O, I wish I could sned you some. It would be so good with all of those berries, mixed together, too. My mouth is now watering. I hope you do get a chance to try this. And thanks for your kind words.

Sending you many Angels this afternoon. :) ps


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Now I'm craving strawberries! Your shortcakes are beautiful. We have an abundance of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries right now. I can't wait to try this recipe with a variety of berries. I enjoyed learning why sugar draws juices from the fruit. Thanks!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh thank you! This brought back memories of my mother making the best strawberry shortcake and I think after reading your recipe, am sure that hers was very similar. Purchasing those spongy things in the stores that they sell for strawberry shortcake just doesn't do it for me. I now have a big smile on my face remembering those days and thanks to you can recreate the great flavors that go along with those memories. Up, useful and beautiful votes and will share. Sending angels to you! :))


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Martin..

You are exactly right. I almost wrote it in the hub!! This is for you, MH. But I knew that as soon as you saw it you would have no doubt. Either way, with or without the ice cream it is so full of flavor.

Sending you Angels ...:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Martin..

You are exactly right. I almost wrote it in the hub!! This is for you, MH. But I knew that as soon as you saw it you would have no doubt. Either way, with or without the ice cream it is so full of flavor.

Sending you Angels ...:) ps


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I can see by one of the pictures, you were expecting me. Thank you


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Howdeeeee, Bill

Go ahead & have the chips...and whip up some of this later. The short cakes without the berries are divine...no joking about that.

Have a lovely evening....my dear Friend way out in WA...

Sending Angels your way to you and yours...:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Howdeeeee, Bill

Go ahead & have the chips...and whip up some of this later. The short cakes without the berries are divine...no joking about that.

Have a lovely evening....my dear Friend way out in WA...

Sending Angels your way to you and yours...:) ps


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Once again you have managed to tempt my taste buds and leave me drooling. I have nothing but tortilla chips in the cupboard and suddenly they don't look so tasty. :) Thanks a lot, pal!

blessings and hugs coming your way

bill


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, drbj...Photographing is my challenge....every shot I take is a lesson in learning. It is very humbling to be learning while I am publishing.

And hopefully I have learned some of my Momma's tricks...she could make sticks grow and made magic in the kitchen. Nice to see you today

:) ps Sending you Angels


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your photos, Patricia, are as awesome as this luscious strawberry dessert. You must have inherited your mama's awesome baking genes. Thanks for that 'trick' about handling the dough. That is awesome, too.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Faith

Making these childhood dishes rekindles for me the days of my childhood when I was so embraced by my Momma and Daddy and sisters. The strawberry picking was always a favorite time of the year...so many memories. Sending you many blessings and many Angels today my sister in Christ. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Faith

Making these childhood dishes rekindles for me the days of my childhood when I was so embraced by my Momma and Daddy and sisters. The strawberry picking was always a favorite time of the year...so many memories. Sending you many blessings and many Angels today my sister in Christ. :) ps


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh how I love strawberry shortcake, and like tsmog, it brings back a lot of childhood memories too, as my sweet mother loved to make strawberry shortcake. That is interesting and interesting fact about sugar making the berries juicy.

Great recipe hub!

Voted up and sharing

God bless. Angels your way too, Faith Reaper


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Great idea, tsmog....strawberry fields f o r e v e rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...love that song. Glad you stopped by and thanks for reading my other hub about Valentine's Day.

I will be over to visit soon.

Will I find some strawberry recipes at your place.??

Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps


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tsmog 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

M'm, M,m pstraubie48, scrumptiously delicious! One awesome attribute for me for the miracle of memory is the foods I loved as a child. This is one of those. I remember for birthdays this was the choice and not cake. Mom always diligently made this for my birthdays.

You have conjured a wonderful memory, thank you. Twice the bell you have rung - the other sharing canned goods for Valentine's Day from another hub.

This is the place to learn how to while listening to 'Strawberry Fields' with the Beatles in the background. Do I hear Valentine Day recipe?

tim

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