Recipe: Homemade Shortcake Baked Up In A Flash

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently we received some really beautiful garden-fresh strawberries.  Oh the beauty of them!  I decided I’d use them to make one of my favorite desserts – strawberry shortcake!  But in the past I always bought the little round shortcakes wrapped in cellophane when I’d made strawberry shortcake.  This time I wanted to make it all from scratch.

So I sat out to find a recipe I liked.  I found one on the AllRecipes site that looked pretty straightforward so I decided to give it a try.  I mean, these beautiful strawberries deserve the best #amiright??

The shortcake recipe called for simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, nutmeg, butter, egg & milk.  Heck I had all of that waiting in my kitchen!  So let’s bake up a shortcake, shall we?

I wanted a strawberry shortcake dessert but I wanted to make it all from scratch. This homemade shortcake recipe is fast & easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I used cake flour because that’s what I had, but you can use all-purpose flour as well.  Heck I don’t know why self-rising flour wouldn’t work too!

First I preheated the oven to 450 degrees (425 degrees for dark pans) Then I greased a 9-inch baking pan and sat it aside.

I sifted 2 cups of cake flour , 1 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg into a large bowl.  Then I cut in 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter until the mixture resembled coarse crumbs.  Easy Peasy!

In a separate bowl I beat an egg, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of milk.  Then I stirred it all into the flour mixture just until blended.   The batter was really thick!

I wanted a strawberry shortcake dessert but I wanted to make it all from scratch. This homemade shortcake recipe is fast & easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

 

I spooned the batter into my prepared baking pan.  I started smoothing it out with spatula but in the end I just used my clean hands to press the batter into the pan.  Yep, that’s how we roll in the Taylor Household!

I wanted a strawberry shortcake dessert but I wanted to make it all from scratch. This homemade shortcake recipe is fast & easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Finally I baked my cake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes.  It was golden in color and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake came out clean.

I wanted a strawberry shortcake dessert but I wanted to make it all from scratch. This homemade shortcake recipe is fast & easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

When it was finished baking I brought it out & placed the pan on the counter.  I covered the pan with a clean tea towel so it would lightly steam and further soften the cake.  (It’s the same procedure I use with my Homemade Sandwich Bread to ensure a softer crust.)  I cooled the cake in the covered pan for 10 minutes, then turned it onto a wire baking rack to cool completely.

It was a delicious part of our strawberry shortcake dessert.  Heck I even topped it with homemade whipped cream that was sweetened with honey instead of powdered sugar.  What a delightful, homemade treat…

Sure I’ll share the recipe, y’all!

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Quick, Homemade Shortcake recipe

I was in the mood for strawberry shortcake using fresh garden strawberries, but I didn't want to buy the shortcake.  Luckily it was super easy to whip it up in no time. ~TMH~

Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour (can use all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (425 degrees for dark pan)

  2. Grease a 9-inch baking pan
  3. Sift 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in a large bowl

  4. Cut in 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg, vanilla and milk. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until blended. Spoon into prepared baking pan and smooth batter with spatula or clean hands. (note - batter will be thick)

  6. Bake in preheated oven until the cake is golden and the center of cake comes clean with a toothpick (about 20 minutes for me.)

  7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan & place on a wire baking rack to cool completely

~TMH~

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6 thoughts on “Recipe: Homemade Shortcake Baked Up In A Flash

  1. Sondra Langle

    Tammy I hope you and rancher man are not too effected by hurricane Harvey. Prayers your way. And thanks for another recipe to try.

    Reply
    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      We’re up in NE Texas Sondra, so we’re safe & sound from Hurricane woes. We didn’t even get any rain out of it. Prayers for our fellow Texans down south… ~TMH~

      Reply
  2. Miss B

    This looks yummy! Much more appealing than store-bought if you ask me. I’ll bet it took less time to make this than it would have taken you to driven to the store to purchase pre-made shortcakes too. That’s a win in my books!

    Reply
    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      You’re SO right, Miss B – delicious & less time to drive to the store & purchase than to make it yourself. I’m in agreement for sure – win! ~TMH~

      Reply
  3. Laurinda

    That sounds delicious! Did you know you can save the seeds from one of your strawberries to plant some in your own yard? Free fruit!

    Reply

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