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How to Make Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

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Nothing says summer quite like homemade strawberry shortcake. Nothing says shortcake quite like Callie's Hot Little Shortcake Biscuit Mix. This homemade mix makes for one deliciously easy shortcake recipe.

What is shortcake?

Shortcake is a crumbly and crisp cake that uses butter to give it a crispy texture when you bite into it. The distribution of the butter amongst the flour is what gives shortcake its unique taste and name. Shortcake is typically paired with strawberries and whipped cream, but there is no reason you can't easily make blueberry shortcake if that is what your taste buds prefer.

How to Begin

First and foremost, you have to give your berries a little time to get ready. So before you begin to make your shortbread, gather these ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries (or blueberries)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar

Mix these ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

The Shortcake Recipe

As Carrie Morey herself points out in this demonstration, you'll probably want to double your recipe to make the whole process worthwhile. In order to do that, you'll need to start with two bags of Callie's Hot Little Shortcake Biscuit Mix and double the recipe:

Recipe Yields 12 Biscuits

  • 1 bag shortcake biscuit mix
  • 10 tbsp salted butter (divided)
  • 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 to cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 2-inch Biscuit Cutter
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet

The amount of "wet" ingredients will depend on a lot of factors like temperature and humidity, so adjust as needed.

Begin by placing some of your mix into a small bowl. This will be the mix you will use to dip your biscuit cutter in to stop it from sticking. Then, empty the remaining mix into a large mixing bowl. Whisk to fluff up the mix. In another bowl, mix and whisk your vanilla and milk.

Take the room temperature butter and begin cutting it into the mix. Use small pieces and work the mix with your hands until it is the same consistency as grated parmesan cheese.

Once the mix is combined with the butter, make a little pocket in the middle and slowly add your wet ingredients. Add just enough for it to absorb. You want it to join without having to knead or work it too much. Sprinkle some mix onto your counter and then place the dough down. Roll it out a bit to even out the top, but make sure the dough is still about two fingers high.

Now you can begin stamping your biscuits, making sure to coat your tools with the extra mix to prevent sticking. Place your biscuits on a parchment covered sheet and make sure they are touching. You can even use the extra pieces to make yourself some tasty, sweet treats!

Brush the tops of the biscuits (and your extra pieces) with melted butter before placing them in a 350-degree oven. You can sprinkle them with some of the turbinado sugar if you want to have a little extra crunch on top.

Total bake time will be about 16-18 minutes. At around 10 minutes, turn them to make sure they bake evenly.

Putting it All Together

Once your biscuits have cooled slightly, split one in half. Place a spoonful of the berries that you had in the fridge on half of the biscuit. Then add a dollop of whipped cream. Place the top of the biscuit back on top of the whipped cream, and repeat the same layers over the top.

Your homemade strawberry shortcake biscuits are now ready to serve and enjoy!


          3 Crowd-Pleasing Shortcake Biscuits Recipes

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          Shortcake Biscuit Mix

          Some think of southern biscuits as just a savory breakfast bread... by now, y'all know that we at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit believe that is a falsity! While we love a savory biscuit recipe, we know that it's the sweet ones that draw us in for a dessert at the end of the day. Biscuits may be the bread of the South, but we love watching fans across the country fall in love with handmade biscuits for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

          Here are my three favorite ways to use our Shortcake Biscuit Mix – morning, noon, and night! 

          Morning: The Patty Cake

          Inspired by a winter special at our eateries, this savory-sweet treat has all the fixins. Take our shortcakes, slice them in half and add your favorite breakfast sausage. Top with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and bacon crumbles! 

          Noon: The Classic Strawberry Shortcake

          A springtime favorite here in the South, the strawberry shortcake is a southern staple each spring during strawberry season. I love visiting our local farms here in Charleston to pick up fresh berries for our eateries. We top with house made whipped cream and turbinado sugar! 

           

          Night: Ice Cream Shortcake Sandwiches

          Even the most humble vanilla bean ice cream takes this dessert to another level. My girls top theirs with hot fudge and sprinkles. 

          Night - Take 2! Shortcake Sheet Cake 

          You'll never use cake mix again... just trust me on this one...

           

          So now the question is – which version are you making first? Tell me in the comments!

                  Shortcake biscuits are one of my favorite sweet treats because you can dress them up a million different ways! The biscuit recipe options are truly endless! - Carrie

                  How to Entertain Like a Southerner... with Biscuits!

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                   Carrie Morey of Callie's Hot Little Biscuits

                  If there is one thing that every good Southerner knows, it's to always be ready for unexpected guests. Whether it's a weekday and my girls bring friends home from volleyball practice, a weekend on the boat, or a house of rotating friends and family that helped us get by when my girls were just born – we are always prepared to have extra seats at the table. 

                  Entertaining in the south comes down to a few things: good food, good weather, and good company. I love spending time in our kitchen or around the patio. Over the years, I've put together a few fool-proof ways that I entertain to make life easier on the hostess in my cookbooks, Callie's Biscuits and Southern Traditions and Hot Little Suppers

                  Today, I'm rounding up a few of my personal favorite Callie's Hot Little Biscuit southern staples to keep stocked for entertaining guests – expected or unexpected! 

                  Callie's Hot Little Biscuit Sausage & Pepper Biscuit Recipe

                  For the casual day-time visit: click for recipe

                  For the cocktail party: click for recipe

                  Callie's Hot Little Biscuit southern entertaining for cocktail hour

                  For the cocktail party where you don't want to cook: 

                  • You've got to have our Hostess Helper Kit – everything you need to make entertaining effortless! 
                  • I also always keep our Cocktail Pecans and Cheese Crisps on hand. The pecans are candied with just the right amount of salt and spice and our Cheese Crisps use extra sharp cheddar and a hint of freshly cracked black pepper for a kick! 

                  The perfect hostess gift: I love to gift items that can be enjoyed after the guests have left! Here are three of my go-to kits for gift giving for the entertainer in your life! 

                  • TODAY Show Tasting - all of our hot little biscuits and pimento cheese 
                  • Wake & Bake Gift Basket - we've taken our top sellers and added coffee and grits to the mix for the perfect at-home brunch or breakfast for dinner! 
                  • Biscuit Mix - the perfect touch of Southern hospitality! Choose from savory buttermilk, sweet shortcake, or gluten-free. 

                  Shop the Guide: 

                  Buttermilk Biscuits
                  Hostess Helper Kit
                  TODAY Show Tasting
                  Wake & Bake Gift Basket 
                  Buttermilk Biscuit Mix
                  Gluten-Free Biscuit Mix
                  Shortcake Biscuit Mix

                            Every good Southerner has a few recipes up her sleeve for unexpected guests. I always keep biscuits stocked in my freezer just for that! Here is my guide for how to entertain like a Southerner... with biscuits! - Carrie 

                            A Southerner's Gift Guide

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                             Southern Gift Guides

                            Rule #1 for being a party guest – never show up empty handed! Here in the South, we believe that simple tomatoes from your garden, a jar of whipped homemade butter, or beautiful embroidered cocktail napkins are all acceptable hostess gifts. But what do you give when someone has everything they need? They answer for any given Southerner: food. 

                            Hot Little Tip: no gift if complete without a handwritten note! 

                            I'm rounding up my favorite gifts for the food lover, whether they be your hostess, graduate, a parent, or caregiver. 

                            Southern Gift Guide

                            For the hostess: 

                            • Hostess Helper Kit - my interpretation of the perfect southern hors d'oeuvres includes biscuits, of course! Make hosting brunch or cocktail hour easy with this savory selection of handmade southern staples. 
                            • An cookbook of meal inspiration
                            • A new challenge – biscuit making! – with our mixes

                            For the milestone (graduates, promotions, etc.):

                            • Every graduate needs a mix of savory staples to fuel up for class or work, along with sweet surprises for those late-night study sessions. Our All Nighter Kit is perfect! 

                            As a thank you: 

                            • A big thank you: when you simply don't know how you could ever say thanks, fill their bellies! Our Handmade & Hand Mixed kit includes each of our biscuit flavors and pimento cheeses. 
                            • A small but significant thank you: you can't go wrong with any of our Pantry staples, but I particularly love gifting our biscuit mixes

                            For sympathy: 

                            • It is hard to find the right words when a friend is going through a tough time. While I always do my best, I also support them by keeping their kitchen (and bellies) full with our Share the Love Gift Basket. 

                            For the new parent or home owner: 

                            • If there is one thing I know, it's that when you are starting in a new home or as a new parent, time is of the essence! Our Wake & Bake Gift Set has an assortment of quick-easy go-to's like country ham biscuits and easy crock pot items like our slow cooker grits! Top with pimento cheese and BAM – easy brunch or supper! 

                            Just because! 

                            • I love gifting a piece of Charleston. This Charleston Cravings collection was designed with our Upper King eatery's best sellers in mind. 

                                    My guide for great gift giving... give them something that will fill their bellies and always include a handwritten note! - Carrie 

                                    Rosé-Spiked Berry Crostata from Carrie Morey's Hot Little Suppers Cookbook

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                                    This recipe combines beautiful Fourth of July–themed colors with rosé wine, which had just hit the summer party scene when I first made this and continues to be popular. My mother-in-law always makes our wonderful meal for the Fourth and I bring dessert, so it’s always a chance for me to experiment with red, white, and blue sweets!

                                    Make this dessert even easier with our July 4th Party kit!

                                    Rosé-Spiked Berry Crostata

                                    Ingredients

                                      - 2 cups self rising flour - 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar, divided - 10 tablespoons saltedbutter, divided (8 tablespoons at room temperature and 2tablespoons melted) - 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 6 ounces fresh blackberries - 16 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced - 1/3 cup rosé - 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar - Vanilla ice cream to serve

                                    Instructions

                                      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/3 cup of the white sugar, and the 8 tablespoons of room temperature butter. Mix together quickly, working the mixture with your hands until it resembles coarse crumbs. 1. In a small bowl, combine the milk and vanilla. Add it to the flour mixture and mix it together with your hands. If the mixture seems too dry, add another tablespoon of milk. Work the dough into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 1. While the dough is chilling, macerate the berries. In a small bowl, combine the blackberries, strawberries, rosé, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Let the berries sit for 30 minutes. 1. Lightly flour a working surface. Pinch off a small piece of dough about the size of a golf ball and set it aside. Roll out the rest of the dough to a rough square 10 to 12 inches across and 1/8 inch thick. 1. Roll out the small piece of reserved dough to a 1/8-inch thick rectangle. Using a pasta cutter or knife, cut it into 3 ribbons lengthwise and set them aside. 1. Carefully transfer the square of dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. 1. Drain the berries. To create an American flag design, place the black- berries in the upper left corner of the dough square. Then place the sliced strawberries on the rest of the dough, leaving about an inch or so around the edge. 1. Gently fold the edges of the dough up over the berries, pinching together any open seams. Add the 3 reserved ribbons of dough across the exposed berries to resemble the stripes of the flag. Brush the 2 tablespoons of melted butter all over the dough and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar 1. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Note: I recommend Hogwash rosé.

                                    Hot Little Tip

                                      Crostata Crust Options You can use any piecrust recipe for this crostata. Or save some time and use a store- bought piecrust. Roll it out the same way and reserve a pinch of dough to make the ribbons for the stripes on the flag. It’s summertime and this recipe is adaptable, so do whatever is most fun and most convenient for you!