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Strawberry Shortcake

The weather has been so beautiful lately that I’ve been dying to make strawberry shortcake! Food is one of my favorite things to enjoy when the weather is nice, and last week on my favorite daytime tv show, The Chew, Carla made a strawberry shortcake that looked so amazingly delicious that I knew I had to find her recipe and make it myself!

This shortcake makes enough for 12 servings and can be easily made in two batches for a larger group… but for me, I don’t want to share… I might be eating most of this myself.  I LOVE biscuits and I LOVE strawberries.


Nom nom nom.


Go get some strawberries and make this!

Strawberry Shortcake

Yield: 12 strawberry shortcakes

Lemon zest & sour cream bring life to these biscuits topped with fresh sliced strawberries and a lemon & mint infused whipped cream!



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup cold sour cream
  • 1/3 cup cold milk
  • 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 2-3 Tbsp Turbinado Sugar (Sugar in the Raw)

Whipping Cream

  • 400ml heavy cream
  • 3 5in sprigs of mint, leaves removed and torn in half
  • zest of 1/2 lemon + lemon peel, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


  • 6 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and move baking racks to upper third of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and generously grease or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, press lemon zest into sugar using the back of your spatula until the sugar becomes fluffy.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk until well combined.
  4. Cut the butter into the flour using a fork until no large chunks of butter remain. Use your fingers if that's easier for you.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk and water.
  6. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the milk mixture. Using a spatula, fold ingredients together until just combined. DO NOT OVERWORK THE DOUGH. You want it lumpy, not smooth.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, drop 12 mounds of dough onto prepared baking sheets.
  8. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar over the top of each biscuit.
  9. Bake about 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
  10. Immediately remove to wire rack to cool.

Whipping Cream

  1. In a small sauce pan, on high heat, stir together heavy cream, mint leaves, lemon zest and peels until right before boiling point. DO NOT BOIL.
  2. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  3. Strain so that only cream remains. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. When ready to use, whip cream in a cold metal bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
  5. Add the sugar and continue whipping until you reached your desired texture and consistency.


  1. Clean and slice strawberries until you have about 6 cups worth.
  2. Toss strawberries with lemon juice, sugar and vanilla extract. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow flavors to come together and juices to form.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Place one biscuit in a bowl. Scoop 1/2 cup of strawberries on to the biscuit, making sure lots of juice from the berries is included.
  2. Dollop a generous scoop of whipped cream on top.
  3. Garnish with a mint sprig.


Recipe adapted from Carla Hall's recipe on The Chew

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Jessica Moyer

Friday 18th of May 2012

I see that butter is listed in the biscuit ingredients, but I don't see how its used. Could you let me know if I'm just missing reading it or its not there. Thanks!


Sunday 20th of May 2012

That's for catching my mistake! I updated the recipe :)


Tuesday 8th of May 2012

Oh, yum!!! My mother watches The Chew! She said its really good so im planning to watch it too! Im sure my mom will suggest this for another one of our baking projects!!


Tuesday 8th of May 2012

It's so yummy! :)

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