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Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake {For Two}

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Earlier this week I got a late-night craving for Lemon Strawberry Shortcake, and since The Husband was still out of town, I threw caution and better judgment to the wind, and whipped up a perfectly portioned strawberry shortcake.

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Perfectly portioned for two…or for one, two days in a row! 😉

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

I love the combination of tart lemons and sweet strawberries in this refreshing twist on a classic summer dessert!

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Honestly, when I see the first strawberries arriving in the market I get giddy just thinking about strawberry shortcake!

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

I really wanted a nice zip from the lemon so there is fresh lemon zest in the shortcakes, and lemon juice mixed with the strawberries and my favorite lemon whipped cream on top! Even though it sounds overwhelming, it just a nice complementary note in the background.

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

The best part about this shortcake? It’s easy and fast. You can have dessert on the table in 30 minutes, and that is if you dilly-dally. If you don’t bother to cut out the shortcakes into individual portions it will be even faster!

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh, fast and incredibly delicious! The perfect way to highlight Spring’s favorite fruit! In fact the recipe is so easy, you could probably just memorize it.

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Traditional recipes such as this one call for macerating the strawberries but I promised you a fast and easy version, so I smashed half of the berries to facilitate the release of their sweet, fruity juice! The longer they sit, the better they taste but sometimes a girl’s gotta have strawberry shortcake NOW.

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake {For Two}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings

Easy Lemon Strawberry Shortcake {For Two}

In this Lemon Strawberry Shortcake the tart lemons perfectly compliment the sweet strawberry filling! It's fresh, easy, fast and tastes like Summer!

Ingredients

    For the Lemon Shortcake:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • small pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • Zest from 1 lemon {be very careful to only remove the dark yellow!}
  • ~ ½ cup milk (I used 2 %}
  • For the Strawberries:
  • 1 dry pint fresh strawberries, cored and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or more to taste – taste your strawberries first!)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon Whipped Cream

Instructions

    To Make the Shortcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry knife or rubbing the butter into the flour using your hands. I cut the flour in with a pastry knife and then rubbed it in until the mixture held its shape when I squeezed it (it easy crumbled back apart).
  3. Mix in the lemon zest until evenly distributed.
  4. Slowly add the milk to the mixture and toss with a fork. Continue to add milk until the mixture just comes together in a cohesive ball. I accidentally added too much milk and it turned out just fine.
  5. Flour a surface. If you are going to make individual shortcakes pat your dough into one large circle until it is ½ to ¾ inch thick. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 4 shortcakes and place gently on parchment lined baking sheet about 2-inches apart. I baked up my scraps on the same cookie sheet – waste not, want not is my motto. If you are going to make a single shortcake, divide your dough into equal halves, pat each into a circle of approximately the same size and thickness, and place on your cookie sheet. {You could also use a rolling pin, but why bother?}
  6. Bake shortcakes for approximately 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden and the tops are just beginning to brown.
  7. While your shortcakes cook, make your strawberry topping and whipped cream.
  8. To make the Strawberry Lemon Filling:
  9. Wash, dry, and hull the berries. I use the pointy end of a vegetable peeler to do this as efficiently as possible with minimal waste. Quarter the berries and smash half of them in a bowl using a fork or whatever device you find easiest. They don’t have to be perfectly mashed, we just want to get the process going!
  10. Add the remaining berries to the bowl, sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice and stir. Let sit on the counter while you make the whipped cream and the shortcakes finish baking.
  11. Assembling the Shortcakes:
  12. Strain the excess juice from the berries and reserve the juice. [If you are serving them right away and you don’t care about the presentation, then you can absolutely skip this step. ]
  13. As you can see in my pictures I like to place one shortcake on the bottom, top it with strawberries and whipped cream and then repeat the process with another shortcake. Drizzle with the reserved strawberry lemon juice.
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34 Comments

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    May 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    MMMM I just love strawberry shortcake, and a touch of lemon sounds really delish!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks, Kristi! It absolutely is! I’ve been on a lemon kick recently – someone help!

      Reply
  • Linz @ Itz Linz
    May 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    wow this does look a lot easier than i anticipated!! and i have all the ingredients on hand – bonus!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Woo hoo! It’s one of those fabulous desserts that only looks like you slaved all day in the kitchen, but that can be our little secret! 🙂

      Reply
  • Kate
    May 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This looks SO GOOD! Can’t wait for strawberry season- just around the corner!!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Kate! Yay for strawberry season!

      Reply
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    May 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Beautiful shortcake Lindsey! Love that you flavored the shortcake with lemon and why have I never tried lemon whipped cream? Going to have to fix that pronto! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thanks! Lemon whipped cream is divine! The shortcakes may be all gone but I still have some whipped cream in the fridge that I have been eating all by itself! You have a wonderful weekend too!

      Reply
  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    May 9, 2014 at 2:29 am

    I love strawberry shortcakes. I love strawberries. The ones my boss gets is so yum. Oh yeah, there is an upcoming annual strawberry festival coming up soon in cali. I haven’t ever been there. I was going to go last year, but missed it. It’s a strawberry lover’s paradise, I hear. Maybe I can make it this year.

    Ohhh….did you love Strawberry Shortcake (the doll) too growing up? lol I used to love the way she smelled.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I love strawberries too! I wish there were a strawberry fest around here…I think I would have to drive to Plant City, FL for the nearest big one. You should totally go – I can’t wait to be jealous looking at the pics on IG!

      I did have a Strawberry Shortcake doll and I almost mentioned it in the post! She wasn’t my favorite but I do still remember the way she smelled! Crazy!

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    May 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Ha! You totally had me laughing when you said you whipped up a perfectly portioned strawberry shortcake and then I saw the next photo with the shortcake tower. 🙂 But for two, that does look perfect! I love the addition of lemon- I bet that really brightens up the flavors.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Lol! Oh that tower was for one! 😉 Since Hubs was out of town I figured, “why the heck not!?” The lemon was a great addition!

      Reply
  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    May 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

    This is super gorgeous! I have a similar (but different) recipe next month – love the combo of lemon and strawberries!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

      I can’t wait to try your recipe!! Why are lemons and strawberries SO good together?! Magical pairing.

      Reply
  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    May 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Drooling over here! These strawberry shortcakes look like little stacks of bliss! Perfect springtime dessert for two. I love it!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks, Georgia! I couldn’t agree more!

      Reply
  • dina
    May 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    it looks delicious!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks, dina!

      Reply
  • How to Philosophize with Cake
    May 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Mmm I could really go for one of those right now. I can’t wait until fresh strawberries are available at the farmer’s market.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Sometimes waiting for them to come in season makes them all the sweeter!! {And sometimes I really want them yesterday, not next week!}

      Reply
  • Liz
    May 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    One of our favorite springtime desserts! I love the lemon added to your recipe…making a mental note 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I think you’ll love the addition of lemon!

      Reply
  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    May 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Lindsey, this shortcake looks so delicious! I love strawberries and lemons, and the combination of these flavors is wonderful!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Julia! {I have missed you, btw}

      This shortcake is delicious! The lemon adds a touch of the unexpected!

      Reply
  • Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily
    May 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    These strawberry shortcakes looks so adorable and with all the fresh strawberries it is perfect for a summer treat!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Judit & Corina!

      Reply
  • Shikha @ Shikha la mode
    May 20, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Mmmm love that double decker dessert action!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      May 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Lol! The more the merrier!

      Reply
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