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Strawberry Shortcake
Chef Susan Regis of UpStairs on the Square – Cambridge, MA
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 8 Servings


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup milk
  • l egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar (also called “sugar in the raw”)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


For the shortcake:
Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cardamom and lemon zest in a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the cold butter, milk, egg and vanilla and whisk briefly, leaving the mixture lumpy.

Turn dough out onto a well-floured counter. Knead the dough gently by hand for one minute. Flatten and cut into 8 equally sized discs, ½” thick. Brush each disc with turbinado sugar. Bake on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper at 375°F for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool.

For the topping:
Remove the tops from the strawberries, and slice the strawberries into a bowl. Sprinkle the strawberries with 1/3 cup of granulated sugar. Squeeze a few drops of the lemon juice into the bowl, and toss the strawberries to coat. In a large bowl whip the heavy cream with the remaining l tablespoon of granulated sugar and the vanilla. Slather the top of the shortcake, forming soft peaks. Add strawberries over the creamy top and enjoy!