Strawberry Shortcake and a Strawberry Blog Hop

Is it strawberry season where you live? Here in Israel it’s my favorite time of year. Strawberries, artichokes, fresh almonds, and gorgeous fresh garlic are all in season and in abundance. I love it!!! It’s actually nearing the end of strawberry season, which is when they are cheapest and at they’re best. What better use for glorious fresh strawberries than strawberry shortcake?! Perhaps one of my favorite desserts of all time, this simple dessert is the best way I know to welcome in spring.

Strawberry Shortcake

I wanted a moist but flaky base for my strawberry shortcake and ended up adding both cream and Greek yogurt to the mix, which produced excellent results. Biscuits, scones, and shortcakes are all fairly similar, and any can be used with strawberry shortcake. According to the Kitchen Project, shortcake got its name from the addition of shortening or butter to the dough, which made it tender and flaky. And, while shortcake is a European invention, strawberry shortcake is an American one that became popular in the 1850s. Although in the US it is associated with the start of summer, I’m on Israeli time now!

Scones for Strawberry Shorcake

These shortcakes, or scones – whatever you want to call them – couldn’t be easier to make and are delicious! This recipe makes about 9 scones, and I enjoyed quite a few of them for breakfast on their own with some jam.

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Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential American summer dessert. But it’s spring in Israel an strawberries are abundant! Whatever the time of year, the whole family will love this.
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Yield: 9 Servings

Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Whipped cream

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cream, yogurt, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Mix in the butter with a pastry cutter and blend until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add the liquid to the flour mixture and mix until it just comes together.
  6. Spoon onto a Silpat-lined baking sheet in 9 even rounds.
  7. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
  8. Meanwhile, put the strawberries in a large bowl with the lemon juice and remaining ¼ cup sugar. Allow to macerate while the scones bake and cool.
  9. To serve, slice each scone in half. Spoon whipped cream on the bottom half, top with strawberries, and drizzle with some of the macerating syrup. Rest the other half of the scone on top and serve immediately.

Notes
Kosher dairy, Vegetarian



117 Comments

  1. Yum – I can not wait until strawberry season here!

  2. Congrats on your cookbook!!!

    And I linked up a couple strawberry recipes…fun bloghop this week!

  3. Your strawberry shortcake looks so yummy! The strawberry season is started and I’m FULLY enjoying it. I want to be able to make this one day. Looks like a great dessert my family will enjoy!

    • Thank you Nami! I’m so happy to hear strawberry season has started on the West coast. You can absolutely make this – seriously, I’m not much of a baker and it could not have been easier!

  4. Awwww no strawberry season here… sigh! But I LOVE your recipe, it looks mouth watering! Ohhh please, strawberries come back!!! :-)

    • Boo too bad! It’s towards the end of the season here so I’ve frozen a bunch for later :-) Thank you Manu!!

  5. Love your strawberry shortcake Katherine! We grew the best strawberries this year… my patch did very well indeed! Thank you for the great blog hop.

  6. Your shortcake looks fabulous K! Great link ups in the blog hop. Off to check out a few right now. :)

  7. Looks delicious! I love shortcakes, always a winner :)

  8. I didn’t know you lived in Israel!? Huh. Well, it’s creeping up on strawberry season here. I’ve found a few pints of greenhouse strawberries, but they’re not everywhere yet. But I can’t wait! I’d love a serving of your strawberry shortcake :)

    • True story! Mostly in Israel, anyway. And only for another year and a half. It’s complicated ;-) Hope strawberry season makes it your way soon!

  9. Your shortcake looks crumbly and delicious. A great idea for beautiful sweet strawberries. Great subject, thanks for the hop.

    • Thank you Tania!! I love strawberries oh so much so am thrilled to have this amazing collection of strawberry recipes!

  10. These shortcakes look amazing, Katherine, and sound so simple. Love the Greek Yogurt addition!

    • Thank you Cassie!! They really couldn’t have been simpler. And Greek yogurt really does make everything better, doesn’t it?!

  11. Thanks for hosting, Katherine! I love all of these fun looking strawberry recipes, it’s a great theme!

  12. Strawberry Shortcake is one of my favs! Can’t wait for strawberry season here. Thanks for hosting :)

  13. Oh man, I was just thinking about strawberry shortcake. I think it’s the kind of thing that’s going to rip through the NY restaurant scene sometime in the next few years, while we’re still all caught up with comfort food. And it is damn good comfort food. If you couldn’t dedicate a shop to it (see cupcakes, cookies, donuts) you could at least give it a springtime popup.

    • Mikey I so agree!! Hmmm a springtime strawberry shortcake popup? Now there’s something I could get behind. I’m already thinking about fun variations you could include… and what about a strawberry shortcake milkshake? And cocktail? You could have fun with that!

  14. So bright and cheery. The kind of thing you eat on a beautiful day, outside with friends… lovely!

  15. Oh, my mouth started watering when I saw the photo. I used to have an amazing strawberry shortcake recipe but it got lost over the years. Like yours, it relied on a biscuit style, not the layered yellow cake you see in bakeries around here. I’m saving this because I think we’ll be picking up some fresh strawberries this weekend…there might even be a strawberry cocktail being created. :)

    • Yes, the real deal is totally biscuit-based! I enjoy a “strawberry shortcake” cake as much as the next gal, but strawberry shortcake it is not! I hope you enjoyed some strawberry shortcake and strawberry cocktails this weekend! Sounds like a great time to me.

  16. I am so happy that strawberry season is here. Lovely recipe!

  17. These look amazing. The shortbread looks perfect, and your pictures are gorgeous.

  18. Good choice on the hop! We’re getting some beautiful strawberries here right now and loving every minute of it. I’ve always cheated with strawberry shortcake and bought the cake,now I see what I’ve been missing. Your scones alone are to die for!!! Love the yogurt cream as well! I’ve got to make these! YUM! Thanks for hosting!

    • Thanks MJ! Glad it’s strawberry season by you as well. You are so missing out by not making the shortcakes yourself – it is so easy and really makes the dish.

  19. Debra Kapellakis

    mmmmm… Strawberries are available here but still too pricey for me.

    • Thanks Debra! Yes, strawberries can be pricey depending on where in the world you are and the season. Fortunately they are abundant and inexpensive near me right now!

  20. The use of Greek yogurt in these was a great idea, I will need to try that. Your shortcakes look toasty on the outside and fluffy on the inside. That makes them perfect for making strawberry shortcakes. A strawberry blog hop is a great theme. I will need to check out some of these links. Have a great weekend!

  21. Oh, yes! We ALL love strawberry shortcake…but we have to wait another two months for our favorite local berries to ripen :) I can’t wait…yours is so tempting!

  22. My husband’s favorite! thanks for sharing cannot wait to try!

  23. Gorgeous photo and who can resist fresh strawberries?? Not me ;-)… and I like your link back idea, very nice!!! Have a great weekend !!

  24. i love love love strawberry shortcake, and yours looks like a fantastic version! can’t wait to try!

  25. I LOVE strawberry shortcake Katherine. I love the rustic look of your shortbread – yum! I’m sharing my Mixed Berry Shortcakes. Thank you for making me feel a bit of summer in the middle of a dreary weather week!

  26. Can you believe I don’t have a single strawberry recipe? I will have to cook your shortcakes to make up for it!

  27. Wow your strawberry shortcake looks so beautiful. Very impressive

  28. strawberries r getting less here now slowly, there wont be any in the rains. Your strawberry shortcake is tempting me, by the way. =P

  29. What a terrific idea to add yogurt to your shortcakes–what a gorgeous dessert!

  30. I dont remember if I mention it before but you’re my savior with these fantastic bloghops!
    I love your strawberry shortcake Katherine have a wonderful weekend!

  31. Ooh love the addition of Greek Yoghurt in these pretty scones!I bet they were moist and delicious!I’ve never made scones before, but inspired to make these pretty soon :)Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Soni!! I hadn’t made scones until recently but I am so in love with how easy they are to make.

  32. Oh YUM! How I wish it was strawberry season in Seattle. Alas, I’m afraid we’ve got weeks, nay months, to wait. Le Sigh.

    • Thanks Erina!! So happy you linked up :-D Sad that strawberry season is so far off! It’s dwindling here so I’ve frozen a bunch to enjoy later.

  33. Sadly it’s not strawberry season in Australia but it won’t be too long. I can’t wait!

  34. Those look beautifully light and crumbly on top, delicious!

  35. Alas it isn’t quite strawberry season here but I can content myself with drooling over your strawberry shortcakes instead! :D

  36. Its a little early still here but they are popping up in the stores lately at good prices! Love your shortcake….my mom always made the tallest yummiest biscuits…we would love when she did shortcake with them because it looks so huge and delicious! I’ve linked up a couple of my strawberry recipes here to share with you! Thanks for the strawberry party!

  37. Unfortunately there’s no srawberry season here in Malaysia :( and imported ones are quite expensive. but of course strawberries are to be indulged once a while. Didn’t know know shortcake are also known as scones.. these shortcakes are so decadent, anytime of the year for me!

  38. Those shortcakes look perfect. And all the links–yum. I wish the strawberries at the grocery store didn’t look so yucky lately. Hopefully they’ll come more in to season soon and I can even find some at a farmers’ market. Thanks for the opportunity to link up.

    • Thanks Katrina!! It’s so true that once you’ve had truly fresh strawberries the ones in the store just don’t look as appealing! Thanks so much for linking up!

  39. Strawberries are my favorite berries! Last year I went strawberry picking for the first time and since then my love for this fruit has increased manifolds. There is no pleasure like eating a fresh, ripe and juice strawberry! I can go on and on! So I will stop and link up a couple of my recipes. Blog hop is a wonderful idea Katherine!

  40. Your strawberry shortcakes look amazing. And your strawberries are such a beautiful ripe colour. I love the way you plated and photographed this dessert – it looks so inviting and I would just love to be presented with a dessert like that. Great post Katherine xx

  41. I agree this time of year is the best, I love anything with strawberries:-) You shortcake looks perfect, then drenched with strawberries….OH YUM!!! Hugs, Terra

  42. Your strawberry shortcakes look fabulous Katherine! Unfortunately it isn’t quite strawberry season here yet, but I can’t wait until it is.

  43. I love moist baked goods as well so this will be the perfect shortcake for me

  44. Will you defriend me if I tell you I’ve never had strawberry shortcake? I hope not! And I’ve realized I don’t have any strawberry recipes on my blog. To be fair, they’re like $15 a pound here so I very VERY rarely buy them and when I do I tend to just snarf them in the corner of the kitchen while whispering ‘My Precious!’

    Your cake looks fantabulous, darling :)

    • Of course not! But I must admit I’m shocked! $15 a pound?! Holy moly. No wonder you never buy them. Hahaha I would totally do the same at that price ;-)

  45. Oh, they look yummy! I love them because they are very much lighter in texture.

  46. Strawberries have begun to appear here, so I’ll be starting to buy them and prepare all kinds of desserts very soon. Your shortcake looks so fabulous, I cannot take my eyes off it!

  47. Wow, your strawberry shortcakes look amazing (as do all your dishes)! I’m so glad Cupcakes & Kale Chips brought us together, I’m looking forward to following you here and on FB!

  48. Looks lovely,love the texture of those shortcakes.

  49. Hooray for spring! And nothing says it better than strawberry shortcake. ;)

  50. Wow! These look delicious, lovely photos! Thanks for the recipe : )

  51. I adore strawberries… Cant wait to try this yummy short cake…
    Beautiful pics!!!

  52. Wow, so lucky to have fresh strawberries already! I’ll have to wait until May or June but it’s worth it.

  53. I love strawberry season! It’s just getting started here, or maybe not quite yet but I’m already strawberry crazy! My mom’s bday is coming up & strawberry shortcake is her fav, now I’ve got a delicious recipe to try out!

    Just to show how much I enjoy your site and recipes I’ve given you an award. http://nycityeats.com/wordpress/4640/smores-mug-cake-versatile-blogger-awards/. Please don’t feel obligated to follow through with these “rules”, it was just the thought that I wanted to pass along!

  54. Good recipe. I didn’t know Strawberry Shortcake originated in the US – always fun to learn something new. We’re getting really good strawberries from Mexico at the moment. A few stores have Florida strawberries, which are better (and, at least in St. Louis, more expensive). I used to live in Florida. Strawberry season started in late December (just in time for Christmas) and will probably start ending soon. In Florida late January through the middle of March is the peak season. Best strawberries I’ve ever eaten. Sounds as if your strawberries are superb, too. Anyway, thanks for this.

    • Thanks! And glad to have taught you a fun fact about Strawberry Shortcake – truly an all-American dessert! Yes, sounds like we are on a similar schedule to Florida. The strawberries here are definitely some of the best I’ve ever had, and are around February through April, or thereabouts.

  55. yum! wish I had this here for dessert right now!

  56. I *love* strawberries and am finally starting to see them make an appearance here in California – your shortcakes look delicious!

  57. I have never tried or tasted shortcake. Your post is tempting me to try it asap!

  58. Your strawberry shortcake is stunning and I am drooling – I adore strawberry shortcake! I’m a fan of scone-like biscuits, too. I have some strawberries so I may just have to pop into the kitchen and surprise my family with this treat!

  59. Strawberry fields forever… how many strawberries are there?! :)

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