Lemon Strawberry Shortcake is a refreshing twist on the classic dessert. The addition of zesty lemon juice to the tender shortcake base and juicy strawberries creates a burst of flavors that is sure to please your taste buds. Topped with a tangy homemade whipped cream, this dessert is perfect for any occasion.
For the shortcake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
For the strawberries
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
For the whipped cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it gently for 1-2 minutes. Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1 inch and use a biscuit cutter or glass to cut out 8-10 rounds.
- Place the rounds onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- While the shortcakes are baking, toss the sliced strawberries with 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Let them sit for a few minutes to allow the sugar to macerate the berries.
- In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until stiff peaks form.
- Once the shortcakes are finished baking, let them cool for a few minutes before slicing them in half.
- To assemble the shortcakes, place a dollop of whipped cream on the bottom half of each shortcake, followed by a spoonful of macerated strawberries. Top with the other half of the shortcake and repeat with the whipped cream and strawberries.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Make sure the butter and buttermilk are cold to ensure a tender and flaky shortcake.
- You can use any type of berry or fruit in place of strawberries for a different flavor.
- For a boozy twist, add a splash of limoncello or vodka to the macerated strawberries.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves for a pop of color and extra freshness.
Lemon Strawberry Shortcake with Homemade Whipped Cream is a perfect dessert for any occasion. With its bright and refreshing flavors, it's sure to impress your guests or satisfy your sweet tooth. Follow these simple steps and tips to make your own version of this classic dessert, and enjoy the deliciousness!