Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes

Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes from scratch, the ultimate summer treat. With a golden crumbly texture, silky and luscious cream and fresh juicy strawberries, no other dessert goes so well with a nice cup of tea. A great afternoon tea party dessert.

A straberry shortcake filled with cream and sliced strawberries

British Afternoon Tea

The Afternoon tea is so quintessentially British. Dating back to the early 1800s, the afternoon tea has become a ritual.

And although in past it was a luxury that only the wealthy could afford, perhaps nowadays it’s more of a matter of lack of time rather than money when it comes to having an afternoon tea.

It usually consists of nicely-cut sandwiches, scones and cakes, and of course, tea.

Posh hotels will have a wider selection of black and green teas, otherwise the good old black tea is the favourite.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that l had a fine afternoon tea in London and that was an unforgettable experience.

It can be pretty expensive mind, so why not do it at home?  Any luscious cake or mini cake would do.

Another perfect treat for your summer garden party would be this English scones, they are really amazing!

A shortcake filled with strawberries and cream

Strawberry Shortcakes for Wimbledon

You can’t think of a traditional British summer without strawberries and cream. And watching Wimbledon, of course.

Obscene amounts of strawberries and cream are served up during the Wimbledon, and rightly so, it is the simplest and most delicious dessert.

I wasn’t a big fan of tennis until l met my husband, l was actually completely oblivious to what was going on in the tennis world.

Even now, l would just watch the final with him, since he absolutely loves it. I think l still like the dessert more tough.

Tips to make the best homemade strawberry shortcakes from scratch

These gorgeous shortcakes are super easy to make, and can be enjoyed throughout the year, since now we can find strawberries pretty much any month.

But then, since strawberries are at their best now, we better take advantage and enjoy them before the season is gone.

  • leave the cream and butter mixture to cool before adding the dry ingreadients
  • keep refrigerated for at least half an hour before baking, the cooler the dough the better
  • when you halve the shortcakes, they should really be cooled down, otherwise they will crumble.
  • fresh strawberries are the best, but frozen ones could be used to if preferred

And that’s it, a beautifully traditional English dessert to enjoy all summer long.

A straberry shortcake filled with cream and sliced strawberries

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Afternoon tea party strawberry and cream shortcakes
Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes from scratch, the ultimate summer treat. With a crumbly texture, silky and luscious cream and fresh juicy strawberries, no other dessert goes so well with a nice cup of tea.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: british dessert
Servings: 8 portions
Calories: 369 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 300 g strawberries
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 80 g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 270 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius / 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a pan, add half of the double cream and butter and mix gently until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and let it cool down, then add the vanilla extract.

  3. In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, milk and the cream mixture and mix everything well to form a dough. It it sticks to your hands, add more flour.

  4. Roll the dough to a 1 1/2 cm thickness, then use a cookie cutter to cut out 8 biscuits. Place on a baking tray that had been lined with baking paper and chill in the fridge for half an hour.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes until golden, then remove from the oven and let the shortcakes cool down.

  6. Use a sharp knife to halve the shortcakes, then beat the remaining cream until it forms stiff peaks.

  7. Spoon the cream onto half on the shortcakes, then add slices of strawberries and top wth the other half of the shortcakes.

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Potassium 252mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 10.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    May 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    This is my mom’s all time favorite dessert ever! She loves the biscuits with the strawberries and cream. Looks so good!!

  • Reply
    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    May 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hands down, my mom’s favorite dessert ever!! Perfect with the biscuits, strawberries and cream. You nailed it! <3

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    May 11, 2017 at 1:49 am

    WHOA! These shortcakes look divine! I’m definitely going to have to have a tea party so I have a good excuse to make them 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      May 11, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Thank you! Nothing like a nice party on a summer day! 🙂

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