Today, let’s make a summer family favorite recipe, with a twist. Learn how to make the best no fail strawberry shortcake Pinterest Challenge recipe.
BEST NO FAIL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE PINTEREST CHALLENGE
Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge, with a twist!
If you are new to the Pinterest Challenge, here’s the skinny (which is an odd term, considering the twist this month)!
Our lovely host, Cindy from County Road 407, chooses a photo each month to inspire a group of blogging buddies (that’s us). We take the photo, put our own spin on it and share it with ‘the world’ (that’s you).
The Pinterest Challenge Twist
The Pinterest Challenge usually involves home decor or a home decor project.
However, this month, Cindy put a little ‘spin’ on the challenge!
The Pinterest Challenge for July is all about recipes! And what’s even better, we are sharing all kinds of strawberry recipes!
If you are visiting here from Kristin’s blog at White Arrows Home, welcome-welcome! I’m looking forward to trying out her sweetn-n-salty recipe for sure!
Be sure to keep reading and take a look at all TWELVE recipes from today’s blog hop.
The Inspiration for the Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Today’s inspiration photo comes to us from Lucinda Hershberger and her wonderful photo portfolio.
This photo makes you just want to run out to your local produce stand and make a yummy strawberry somethin’, right?
Well then, let’s make a yummy dessert! The best no fail strawberry shortcake recipe!
How to Make Strawberry Shortcake from ‘Scratch’
So, if you’ve been around My Wee Abode for any time, you know that recipes on this blog are few and far between.
After all, MWA is about big inspiration for small home living, not necessarily recipes.
But, every once in a while, my blogging buddies decide to do a recipe hop. So, when I join in a recipe blog ‘party’, of course I go to my family favorites.
Since it’s summer, it just made sense to introduce you all to my family’s favorite seasonal dessert, strawberry shortcake.
So, let’s get to it, shall we?
What You’ll Need for the Best Strawberry Shortcake
My ‘secret’ ingredient for our favorite shortcake is Original Bisquick!
I know, I know. You may THINK it’s not a secret. But, there’s a little extra sumpin’-sumpin’ that I add which pumps up the classic shortcake recipe from Betty Crocker. Read on to find out this tip, and one or
two six more!
You will need:
- Fresh strawberries (how much depends on who you’re feeding!)
- ORIGINAL Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix
- Milk (I use whole milk, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
- Heaving Whipping Cream
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Sheet
The complete recipe card is at the end of this post with all the measurements and details. You can print it or view it on your smart phone, tablet, or computer.
How to Make Shortcake That Doubles as a Scone
This shortcake recipe is so good, we often use these yummy biscuits as a breakfast scone, too! (It’s been requested more than once at our church breakfast potlucks.)
Lots of people like to use angel food cake as the first layer to their strawberry shortcake, but for me, it just ends up too soggy.
The Betty Crocker shortcake recipe (with our family spin), ‘holds-up’ to the strawberries and the juice/sauce of this dessert. I think you’ll love it as much as we do!
Gather Your Ingredients
For the shortcake you will need the Bisquick, sugar, and butter (photo 1 and 3). Be sure to melt your butter (photo 2). Using the microwave makes this step easy, just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t ‘explode’.
The photos for this recipe are for a double recipe, and it makes about a dozen 3-4″ shortcake biscuits.
You don’t have to EXACTLY measure out the Bisquick (photo 3).
A little over the amount does the trick! You’ll see why in a bit.
Mixing Ingredients for No-Fail Shortcake Biscuits
Take a fork and mix together the sugar and Bisquick (photo 4).
Here’s the biggie, y’all! When you make this family-fave shortcake recipe, use 1.5 times the sugar! Yep… you want to add another 1/2 more of the sugar that is called for in the classic recipe. So, with this recipe, you would normally use 6 tablespoons of sugar. But, to make this just a little-bit sweeter, add 9 tablespoons.
This added sugar will make your shortcake-scones moister, too!
Now you can add your melted butter (photo 5)!
Use ALL your melted butter and stir in with a fork until moistened with butter.
Now it’s time to add the milk (photo 6)!
You don’t have to use all your milk. Just pour it in a splash at a time and mix in with fork. When large lumps start to form…
Knead the dough into a ball in the bowl. The dough should not be sticky, at all. If you need more milk, add a bit more and continue to knead until all the Bisquick is ‘worked into’ the dough (photo 7).
Separate the dough ball into smaller balls, about 2-2.5 inches across, then flatten to bake (photo 8).
After about 12 minutes in the oven, you’ll have these golden-brown beauties!
How Do You Prepare Strawberries for the Best Strawberry Shortcake?
While your shortcake is baking in the oven, you can quickly prepare your strawberries.
Remove the stems from the strawberries. I use a butter knife and ‘dig-out’ the stem. Mom always taught me that cutting the stems off cuts off strawberry that can be used in the recipe. And, because I’m a good daughter, I still use Mom’s technique!
Rinse the strawberries and drain them well. Then slice them into a bowl (photo 9).
This is three large boxes of strawberries. So I added about 1/2 cup of sugar and stirred it in. This macerates the berries and creates a ‘sauce’ (photo 12).
This is another biggie, and a first for our family recipe that knocked it out of the park. You see that salt shaker in the background of photo 11? Well, adding just a pinch of salt (I just lightly sprinkled it in… not even 1/8 of a teaspoon) heightens the taste of the strawberries in a big way!
Have you all noticed that I’m using my vintage Pyrex bowls? Well, my sister was kind enough to let me use her kitchen for this post, and my niece left me a little gift sitting against my Pyrex Cinderella bowl…
It’s an enamel pin! Isn’t it adorable?! Thanks, again, Bekka-boo!
Whipping Up the BEST Whipped Cream for Strawberry Shortcake
In my opinion, making whipped cream from ‘scratch’ is the only way to top off a wonderful strawberry shortcake recipe. What do you think?
Making homemade whipped cream is super easy. Just mix until you get the consistency you want!
Mix in sugar to taste, and you’re done.
A ‘clotted’ cream consistency is my fave. I mix until the whipped cream BEGINS to create a lumpy look and has a pale yellow color (photo 14). Be careful! Don’t mix until you get butter! 😉
To get the fastest and best results for whipped cream, use HEAVY whipping cream, a metal bowl, and a whisk attachment on your mixer (photo 13).
Trust me, this tip is a game-changer!
Assemble the Best No-Fail Strawberry Shortcake Pinterest Challenge Recipe
Putting together this delicious strawberry shortcake is super easy!
Break apart the shortcake into a bowl, then add the strawberries, and finally a big(ger) dollop of whipped cream!
(Whoa, there are a lot of tips!) Breaking apart the shortcake as the first layer gives a bit of a nod to strawberry cobbler! Same type of texture, but not soggy!
The Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Pinterest Challenge Recipe
Now, add a cup of coffee, and maybe a wee bit more whipped cream, and you’re all set!
So, are you ready to give our family’s recipe a try??? What tips do you have for your family’s strawberry shortcake dessert?
Now, be sure to hop on over to my dear friend Michelle’s blog, Thistle Key Lane. You’ll love her photos and her REAL strawberry and almond scones will know your socks off!
And check out ALL the wonderful recipes listed below! (The recipe card is right underneath the links to my blogging buddies blogs.)