How to Make Alice Waters' Strawberry Shortcake

by Merritt Watts


  • 1 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ Teaspoons salt
  • 4 Teaspoons sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • ¾ Cups heavy cream
  • strawberries
  • sugar
  • whipped cream
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder).

    Step 2

    Cut your cold butter up into small pieces.

    Step 3

    Add it to the dry ingredients...

    Step 4

    Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour. If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can use a fork and a knife. Avoid using your fingers too much, which can warm the butter.

    Step 5

    Stop when the mixture looks like coarse crumbs with small, pea-sized pieces of butter.

    Step 6

    Add the cream and stir with a fork until just combined.

    Step 7

    Knead two or three times in the bowl.

    Step 8

    Turn the dough out into a lightly floured surface.

    Step 9

    Roll it out to about 3/4-inch thick.

    Step 10

    Use a biscuit cutter to cut out 6 rounds. (If you don't have a biscuit cutter you could use the mouth of a drinking glass.)

    Step 11

    Oops! I could only fit five rounds. But don't worry...

    Step 12

    Re-roll your scraps and cut out one or two more biscuits.

    Step 13

    Arrange them on a baking sheet. If you have parchment paper or a Silpat, use it!

    Step 14

    Brush the tops with a bit of heavy cream for extra browning.

    Step 15

    Bake at 400 degrees for 17 minutes, rotating halfway through. They'll look like this when they're done.

    Step 16

    Slice up some strawberries and toss with sugar (about a 4 parts strawberries and 1 part sugar). Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

    Step 17

    Beat the rest of your heavy cream with a bit of sugar until its nice and fluffy (about 2-5 minutes with an electric mixer). Set out the cream biscuits, strawberries, and whipped cream.

    Step 18

    Slice a cream biscuit in half and top with some of the strawberries.

    Step 19

    Top with the whipped cream...

    Step 20

    Dig in!