You can't go wrong with a strawberry shortcake for dessert during the summertime. Fresh, juicy and sweet strawberries paired with a moist, fluffy biscuit cake and a massive heap of smooth whipped cream (I love whipped cream) just scream summer.
Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day, so I encourage you to treat yourself to something sweet, something delicious and something downright scrumptious. Here are five recipes, including the original, that will help you celebrate this wonderful food holiday.
5. Classic Strawberry Shortcake
This is the recipe we have all grown to know and love, with a simple Bisquick mix with milk, sugar and butter, to make the subtly sweet biscuits for the base of this dessert. I can't resist these warm and soft biscuits once they are done baking -- they're best when they're fresh out of the oven. Add as many strawberries as you want and dollop the whipped cream on top to your liking.
4. Angel Food Cake Strawberry Shortcake
For those who have a sweet tooth and like an airy, sticky cake with their strawberries and cream, substitute angel food cake for the traditional biscuit. The fluffiness of the angel food cake soaks up the juice from the strawberries, giving the cake a heightened natural sweetness. It's a no-bake recipe that you can throw together in minutes.
3. Grilled Strawberry Shortcake
In 2009, I watched an episode of Grill It! with Bobby Flay in which strawberry shortcakes were grilled instead of baked. Genius! The guest grilled the biscuits in a grill pan for about 15 minutes, giving them grill marks just like a steak, then added strawberries to the pan and sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar. Once everything was piping-hot, she split the biscuits down the middle and filled them with strawberries and vanilla ice cream. Talk about the perfect dessert on a hot summer day in Houston.
2. Roasted Strawberry Shortcake Shake
Say that five times fast. Now for those who love the creaminess of the strawberry shortcake, this recipe is for you. After roasting the strawberries in the oven with white balsamic vinegar (which really brings out the strong strawberry flavor), sugar and extra virgin olive oil, the berries are blended with pound cake, vanilla ice cream and milk. And if that's not enough, they are topped with whipped cream and pound cake crumbles. Sure, it's decadent and probably over the top, but it's totally worth it.
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1. Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
Who doesn't love a cookie? Especially when it's a wonderful concoction of summer flavors. Martha Stewart's recipe is one of the best renditions of a strawberry shortcake cookie that I have come across. The cookie serves as the biscuit and is mixed with strawberries and heavy cream to give the cookies a light, luscious and creamy texture. One bite of these, and it's just like the real thing.