Strawberry Shortcakes with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream
Yield: 6- 8 Servings
Classic strawberry shortcakes with a lemon twist! These shortcake biscuits are lightly sweetened and buttery, yet light in texture thanks to the addition of tangy buttermilk. To give this traditional summer dessert a twist, we’re swapping out the regular cream filling with a lemon curd whipped cream.Make-Ahead Tips: Shortcake biscuits are best served the day of baking, but can be baked up to a day ahead and reheated in a 350°F (175°C) oven. Strawberries can be prepped and refrigerated for up to 2 hours prior to serving. Lemon curd whipped cream will hold for several hours in the fridge, whip and mix again if necessary just before assembly.
1lb fresh ripe strawberries stemmed, hulled, quartered, and chopped
3tablespoons (36g)granulated sugar
1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinchDiamond Crystal kosher salt
2cups (240g)unbleached all purpose flour
¼cup (50g)granulated sugar
½teaspoon baking soda
½teaspoonDiamond Crystal kosher salt
6 tablespoons (85g)cold unsalted butter cut into ½-inch cubes
¾cup (180 mL)cold buttermilk
turbinado or demerara sugarfor sprinkling
Lemon Curd Whipped Cream:
⅔cup (160 mL)cold heavy cream
¼cup store-bought or homemade lemon curd I recommend Wilkson & Sonsor Trader Joe's brand in a pinch.
Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) with a rack in the center position. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Prepare the Macerated Strawberries: Combine the chopped strawberries, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of kosher salt in a medium bowl. Toss to combine and allow to macerate while you prepare the shortcake biscuits.
Make the egg wash: In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and teaspoon of milk. Set aside.
Prepare the Shortcake Biscuits: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the cold butter pieces and toss in the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal and there are larger pea-sized chunks of butter throughout. It is important for the butter to remain extremely cold throughout the process. If warms too much, transfer the entire bowl to a freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill.
In a measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until it just comes together and the flour has just absorbed. It will be shaggy.
Transfer the dough and any dry remaining bits to a lightly floured countertop. Knead the dough until it comes together, dusting the dough lightly with flour as necessary to prevent it from sticking to your hands or the countertop. Press the dough into a disc that is roughly ¾-inch thick. Fold the dough over itself 2 to 3 times, this will help create layers. Use a 2½-inch biscuit cutter (dipped in flour to prevent sticking) to cut out 6 shortcakes. Do not twist the cutter as you cut the dough, as this will prevent them from rising evenly. Press the remaining scraps together to cut out another 1 to 2 biscuits. Transfer the scones evenly on the lined sheet pan, setting apart by several inches.
Lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado or demerara sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until tall and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool while you prepare the lemon curd whipped cream.
Prepare the lemon curd whipped cream: Place the chilled heavy cream in a large, deep mixing bowl. Using a hand-held mixer, stand mixer with whisk attachment, or whisk, whip the cream until it holds soft peaks. Fold in the lemon curd (feel free to add more to taste).
Assemble: Using a serrated knife, split the shortcake biscuits. Top the bottom half with a large spoonful of macerated strawberries with juices, then top with and lemon curd whipped cream, and the remaining biscuit half. Serve immediately.
Shortcake biscuits are best served the day of baking, but can be baked up to a day ahead and reheated in a 350°F (175°C) oven. Strawberries can be prepped and refrigerated for up to 2 hours prior to serving.
Lemon curd whipped cream will hold for several hours in the fridge, whip and mix again if necessary just before assembly.
Seek out the Best Strawberries: This dessert is all about the strawberries, so it is important to seek out the best you can find! Local farms or farmer's markets are your best bet. When choosing strawberries, look for deeply fragrant berries with a deep red color throughout the flesh. Do not use frozen strawberries.
Use High Quality Lemon Curd: To keep this dessert simple, we're using store-bought lemon curd for the whipped cream filling. Try to find the highest quality curd that you can find (or make it from scratch!). I recommend Wilkson & Sonsor Trader Joe's brand in a pinch.