strawberry shortcake.

we celebrated my wonderful mother's birthday this weekend (though she still has another day till it's official) with a strawberry shortcake made by yours truly.  it was delicious.  i usually gravitate towards fruity desserts over chocolatey ones, and my mom being the enema-queen and of the sugar-is-the-devil mindset certainly would feel the same way.  it was the perfect dessert.

want the recipe?  sure you do.

ina's strawberry shortcake
serves 6

2 cups all-purpose flour
2T sugar, plus some turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top
1 T baking powder
1 t kosher salt
12 T unsalted butter, cold and diced
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 egg beaten with 2 T water or milk for egg wash

for the strawberries, i just cut them up, added a little lemon juice, orange juice, and about 3 T sugar
i also made heavy cream into whipped cream and added some sugar and vanilla extract to that.

1. preheat the oven to 400.  
2. sift the flour, 2 T sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  blend in the butter on low speed until it is the size of peas.  combine eggs and heavy cream and with the mixer on low, add it to flour and butter mixture.  mix until just blended.
3. dump dough on well-floured surface.  flour a rolling pin and roll dough until it's 1/2 inch thick.  you should see lumps of butter in the dough.  cut 16 biscuits with a 2-inch plain round cutter.  place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  
4. brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle turbinado sugar (like the raw sugar) on top.  cook 15-20 minutes.

to serve, give everyone a shortcake, some strawberries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream.  yum.

(and don't worry if the dough seems a bit wet - it is!) 


  1. Happy Birthday to your mom and I also love strawberry shortcake..Yum!

  2. I'm thinking that after the ice cream sundaes, we should have had the shortcake.

  3. That looks completely wonderful! So pretty!

  4. yum! i love strawberry shortcake!

  5. That's a different take on what I usually think of the strawberry shortcake... looks great though!

  6. Happy Birthday to your mom! Love that pic...strawberry shortcake is a classic :)

  7. Holy deliciousness. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  8. Yum! What a great dessert to cheer up a dreary winter day. I made Ina's Mexican Chicken soup on Sunday, I think you'd like that, it's delicious!

  9. My Mom's bdays today :) Yay for January Mom's!

    Your shortcake looks yummy, I want it in my big belly.

  10. Yum! I now have a craving for strawberry shortcake. Although, I have to admit that I've always had a thing for the pancakey Bisquick recipe!

    Is that a little finger I see sneaking up to sample the ice cream lid in the background? teehee.

  11. I hope I get a cool title like "enema queen" from my kids one day.

    Strawberry shortcake, while lovely to eat, is so darn hard to make. So I can tell a lot of love went into this :)

  12. Oh, that looks delicious. I want some now!

  13. That looks so good! I prefer fruity desserts, too, which is not to say that I don't also enjoy a good piece of chocolate from time to time.

    Your winter pictures from the last post are inspiring me to stop being a wimp and go out in the cold and take some pictures this winter.

    and to follow up on a previous comment exchange, yes, cleansing hair with just conditioner totally works! if you google "conditioner only" or something like that you'll find all sorts of crunchy people doing it. :)

  14. Yum! One of my favorite desserts. Happy Bday to your momma!

  15. mmm I want.

    I LOVE ina. she is my favorite.

  16. My favorite! I am so trying this!

  17. Oh wow. This sounds and looks wonderful! Yumminess!

  18. Mmmmmmmmmm SO YUMMY LOOKING! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'm totally going to try my hand at this in the next week or so. I can't wait!

  19. looks yummy bridget. glad mom was treated to a fabulous birthday treat. miss you!

  20. i want it right now. SO DELISH.

  21. I'm usually the total opposite and love me my chocolate desserts, but strawberry shortcake is definitely an exception! Looks so yummy and it's also like a faint reminder of summer!

    xx Melina
    .but i like it.

  22. as dora the explorer's map would say, "yum yum yum yum yum, delicioso!" - and i've been spending too much time with siena. awesome pic.

  23. That looks so ridiculously delicious its not even funny! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  24. well doesn't that look just delish? love your blog header, by the way :)


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