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Strawberry and Basil Shortcakes Recipe

Course: Dessert
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
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Strawberry and Basil Shortcakes

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

Even more than tomatoes and basil, strawberries and basil are my favorite summer flavor combination—and they make a great shortcake.

Yield: Serves 8



  • 2 pints small ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 1 to 2 pints vanilla ice cream
  • 1 to 2 pints strawberry sorbet


STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 450°F.

STEP 2: To make the berries: Stir together the strawberries, basil, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature while you make the biscuits. Just before serving, taste and add more sugar, if desired.

STEP 3: To make the biscuits: Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissors-fashion until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in the buttermilk, and stir with a fork just until a dough begins to form; it will be very sticky.

STEP 4: On a well-floured surface, knead the dough very lightly once or twice with floured hands. Pat out the dough to ¾ inch thick. Dip a 2½-inch biscuit cutter into flour and cut out 8 rounds, reflouring the cutter as needed; gather the scraps together and pat them out again if necessary. Transfer the biscuits to an ungreased baking sheet.

STEP 5: Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool slightly on the pan on a wire rack.

STEP 6: To serve, split each biscuit with a fork, and place the bottom halves on 8 serving plates. Spoon a generous portion of the berries over each one, place a scoop of the ice cream and sorbet on the side, and add the tops. Serve immediately.

© 2006 Lori Longbotham

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information includes 1 pint each of vanilla ice cream and strawberry sorbet.

298kcal (15%)
525mg (22%)
10g (16%)
6g (30%)
31mg (10%)
95mcg RAE (3%)
80mg (134%)
238mg (24%)
2mg (12%)

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