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This is the best Strawberry Shortcake because of the buttery sugar streusel topping that gets baked into the top. An easy shortcake recipe.
When I first got married, I received an Amish cookbook, Amish Cooking, as a gift at my wedding shower. I highly recommend this cookbook and have used it from Day 1.It is full of some wonderful, traditional Amish recipes such as oatmeal pie and this from scratch streusel topped strawberry shortcake.
You’re going to love this recipe because it is quick and easy. You know those little packaged shortcakes you see in the store sitting by the strawberries? Those don’t come anywhere close to the taste of this easy strawberry shortcake.
For the fresh strawberries, you’ll want to plan ahead. They’ll need 3-4 hours at minimum to sit in the fridge and create all of those sweet juices that will sink into your shortcake.
Cut and quarter about 4 pounds of strawberries (more or less, depending on how many you need to serve) and sprinkle about ½ cup of sugar on them. Add more or less sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries and the taste you would like. This process is called macerating strawberries. The sugar pulls out the juices, so mix that sugar into the strawberries, cover the bowl and pop it in the fridge.
There’s no need to use an electric mixer for this because you don’t want to over mix it. Simply use a bowl and a heavy duty spoon.
Yes. Many times that amount of shortcake is just not enough, so I double it and put it in a 9×13 pan. I didn’t have to bake it any longer when I did this, and was surprised by that. If you decide to double the recipe, leave extra time for a few more minutes baking, just in case. And sometimes when I double it, I double the topping…because like I said…the topping is the best part!
You can top strawberry shortcake with Cool Whip, whipped cream in a can, ice cream or simply with heavy cream poured on top.
But what I love most is homemade whipped cream. It’s so easy! Simply pour a cup of heavy whipping cream and about ⅓ to ½ cup of powdered sugar in a stand mixer. Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, then using the whisk attachment, whip on high speed until soft peaks form. That’s it!
Cover and refrigerate homemade whipped cream until you are ready to serve it.