Amish Strawberry Shortcake

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Amish Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

My mom grew up near an Amish settlement, and when my family goes up to visit her parents, we go to one of Mom’s favorite Amish restaurants. When my mom first got married, she got an Amish cookbook, Amish Cooking. We highly recommend this cookbook. It is full of some wonderful, comforting, Amish recipes! But today, let’s talk about this streusel topped homemade shortcake

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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. It’s a thick batter that bakes up biscuit-like. The sweetness comes from the streusel topping. Yes, it’s an extra step to add the streusel topping, but you do not want to skip it.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

- You can make this recipe in an 8×8 pan. 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!

- The recipe calls for shortening. For those of you who don’t like to use shortening, I have made it with butter and it turned out just as good!

- Use a pastry cutter to cut together the shortening, sugar and flour.

- Be careful not to overmix. Overmixing this type of batter may result in the cake being too tough.

Streusel Topping

The shortcake itself has a nice biscuit-taste, but what makes it spectacular is the flour, sugar, and butter streusel that you toss together and sprinkle on top. The streusel bakes into the shortcake just the perfect amount.

How do you make strawberries for shortcake?

For the strawberries, cut and quarter about 4 pounds of strawberries and sprinkle about 1/2 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. How long does it take to macerate strawberries? Prepare the strawberries at least 3-4 hours ahead of time so they will make juicy syrup that is sooooooo good poured over the shortcake!

Spoon some strawberries over the shortcake, then top with whatever you like best. You can squirt on whipped cream or put a big scoop of ice cream on top. You can even do as my dad does and pour milk over it. You can experiment a lot with this cake!