Cooking for Students Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcakes

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Cooking for Students

Everyone has refrigerated biscuits, right? They taste good, the biscuits are really easy to make and they are essentially fool proof. You probably enjoy them plain or covered with butter but what about shortcakes? Transforming plain biscuits into something special is so easy. With the help of fresh strawberries cooked down with sugar to create a compote and whipped cream or yogurt (for a healthy twist) you can prepare a dessert or a sweet breakfast that is absolutely delicious.

What’s in it?

  • 1 packet of refrigerated biscuits (there is usually 6-8 biscuits per packet)
  • 2 ½ cups quartered strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Whipped cream or plain Greek yogurt

*Makes 6-8 servings

How’s it made?

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and evenly space the biscuits on the sheet.
  3. Place into the oven and bake according to the packaging instructions or until fluffy and golden brown.
  4. As the biscuits are cooking place the strawberries into a saucepan along with the lemon juice and sugar.
  5. Give it a quick stir to coat the berries with sugar.
  6. Cook on medium heat and stir occasionally until the mixture thickens and the strawberries cook down. You can also put the berries and sugar in a microwave and cook it until it starts to bubble.
  7. Check on the biscuits and remove from the oven when ready. Set them aside to cool.
  8. Check the strawberry compote for the shortcakes. Set aside to cool slightly. As the compote cools it will thicken even more so do not worry if it is a little loose.
  9. Assemble a shortcake by splitting a biscuit in half and adding a spoonful of compote.
  10. Top the compote with a layer of whipped cream followed by the top portion of the biscuit, more compote, another layer of whipped cream and a few slices of fresh strawberries as a garnish if desired.
  11. Serve and devour!

You will never be able to tell that you used a £1 packet of biscuits to make these strawberry shortcakes. Every bite is so amazing! The strawberry compote is sweet and tart and the whipped cream (or yogurt) is the perfect addition. It adds that fluffy creaminess that a shortcake should have. If you like more acidity, consider stirring some additional lemon juice and/or zest into the whipped topping to brighten up the dish even more. Whatever you choose, these shortcakes will be the highlight of your day and there will be leftovers to eat at a later time.