Friday, June 27, 2008

Sweet Biscuits for Strawberry Shortcake

My mother makes the BEST strawberry shortcake. She doesn't serve it on angel food cake or those little spongey cup things they sell at the grocery store. No way! My mom makes sweet biscuits and it is the best strawberry shortcake I've ever eaten. My husband feels the same way. He had never had sweet biscuits for strawberry shortcake before and, in fact, never cared for strawberry shortcake because he didn't care for the spongey cakes he usually had it on.

The strawberries are ripe now and I bought a basketfull yesterday and wanted to surprise Paul with some strawberry shortcake for supper. I couldn't find mom's recipe so I searched the internet for sweet biscuit recipes and I found this one that is very, very tasty! I think these biscuits would be good for breakfast or as a snack with jam or jelly.

The recipe is very simple and as they say, "nuthin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven." In case you'd like to try it, here it is:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup all purpose flour for patting out the dough
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
1/4 lb ice cold unsalted butter
3/4 cup of half and half cream

(1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
(2) Combine dry ingreients
(3) Cut in butter
(4) Stir in liquid until it just begins to pull from the sides - it WILL be pretty moist.
(5) Spread 1/4 cup flour on a pastry board and dump the dough onto the flour
(6) Gently turn the dough until all sides are covered with flour
(7) Kneed by gently rubbing the dough into the flour a scant 8 to 10 turns
(8) Pat dough into a 1 inch slab
(9) Cut into rounds with a sharp round biscuit cutter. You can push the scraps together to make a few more but just try not to knead your dough too much
10) Place on insulated cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart
11) Put in HOT oven and bake for 12 - 15 minutes

VOILA! Sweet biscuits. They actually look like very large, puffy sugar cookies and not as much like a biscuit. But yuuuuuummmmmy...when you break or slice it in a bowl, add fresh strawberries and top with whippy toppy...mmmmmmm.

Bon Appetit!


  1. I grew up with sweet biscuits, too. Now that's what my husband wants every year instead of birthday cake! Strawberries are a bit expensive in January, but that's what he get!

  2. Looks good. We use tea biscuits (homemade or Bisquick)for our strawberry shortcake. My father also prefers his berries slightly mashed rather than whole or sliced. That's what I've grown up with and it is great! Cheers from London, ON.

    Michele B

  3. Oh my gosh....that looks sooooo good! A good friend brought me a homemade blackberry pie yesterday. Sure wish we could share. :-)

  4. Oh wow, this looks so yummy Jennifer! Thank you for sharing with us. I cant wait to make it one of these days

  5. Oh my goodness! Strawberries are definitely in season, and your photographs are making me want to run out right now and buy some up! Thank you for sharing your recipe. It looks like something I just may cook up for Sunday's dessert!

  6. thankyou finally a ssc that my family loved no more sponges for us!!!!! PS LUV YOUR BLOG

  7. Oh yum!...I grew up with biscuit too! We didn't have whip cream so it was with a little milk added.

    THANKS so much for sharing!...Jan

  8. All I can say is: YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Yummy... I'll have to try making these, they look wonderful. The kiddos love strawberries, thanks for the recipe.

  10. I actually just make canned biscuits, glaze them with butter, and then sprinkle sugar on them when baking them. It's the only way I'll eat strawberry shortcake and they're sooooo good!

  11. Oh, yes. We always use biscuits too. My mom made them with Bisquick. Sometimes I used a biscuit recipe that included pecans. I wonder where that is. Like anonymous, we mashed the berries somewhat so that the juices would run. It's been way too long since I've had strawberry shortcake.

    Thanks for the memories.

  12. That is my favorite way to fix strawberry shortcake. Cake is good but biscuts is so much better!

  13. Wwwooowww!!! These are the most awesome ive ever tasted, not to mention, Made!! They looked like lil' frisbiees!! But tasted like golden delicious discs of yummm!! Thanks for my new favorite biscuit recipe


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