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Lemon Buttermilk Shortcakes with Berries

Lemon Buttermilk Shortcakes with Berries

Thank you for all of your well wishes. We had a very happy Anniversary. Florida was our big celebration, so we just relaxed and enjoyed the day at home. Josh did surprise me with whole wheat French toast and berries for breakfast. He also bought me flowers and a card. He’s really a great hubs:)

I did make Josh a special dessert to celebrate, Lemon Buttermilk Shortcakes with Berries. I found this recipe a few weeks ago on Former Chef and knew I had to save it for a special occasion.

The shortcakes were light and fluffy with a hint of lemon. I cut up strawberries and blueberries and drizzled them with agave nectar. I also added in some lemon juice and zest to bring out the lemon flavor. I let the berries sit for about an hour in the fridge so they were nice and juicy.

I cut the shortcakes in half and piled them with berries. We skipped the traditional whipped cream since we aren’t huge fans. I think the fresh berries were sweet enough on their own, but Josh added a little vanilla ice cream. This is a perfect dessert for summer!

Lemon Buttermilk Shortcakes with Berries
Adapted from
Former Chef

(Printable Recipe)

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
5 Tbsp. Cold Butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup Buttermilk
Zest of one lemon
2 tsp Lemon juice
Milk, cream, or Half and Half-for brushing on shortcakes
Turbinado sugar

Agave Nectar
Extra lemon juice/zest

Prepare the berries. Cut strawberries and stir in blueberries. Drizzle berries with agave nectar, a splash of lemon juice, and a bit of lemon zest. Stir and let sit in the fridge for about an hour so the berries get juicy.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Sift together dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix in the lemon zest with a whisk.

Cut in the cold butter until it resembles dry oatmeal. Use a fork, pastry cutter, or your hands. Pour in the buttermilk and lemon juice and mix with a spoon just until the dough starts to come together. Don’t over mix the dough. If it is really dry, add more buttermilk, but just a little bit. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead into a ball. Do this quickly and don’t over knead.

Roll out the dough to about 3/4 inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter, glass or cookie cutter. You can form the scraps into a ball and roll out again. The recipe made 7 biscuits for me.

Brush the tops of the biscuits with milk, cream, or half and half and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve with berries. You can add whipped cream or ice cream if you wish!

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71 Responses to “Lemon Buttermilk Shortcakes with Berries”

  1. Erica — June 16, 2009 @ 5:48 am

    Looks fabulous! A great way to celebrate :) You two are so cute!!

  2. Tracey — June 16, 2009 @ 6:09 am

    That looks really terrific! I love summer berries!

  3. VeggieGirl — June 16, 2009 @ 6:09 am

    Wonderful celebratory dessert!!

  4. Bellini Valli — June 16, 2009 @ 6:20 am

    Strawberries are finally in season after a colder than usual Spring…I can't wait to dig into some strawberry shortcakes:D

  5. Tangled Noodle — June 16, 2009 @ 6:25 am

    What a special dessert for a special man! This shortcake is picture-perfect and even though I am a whipped cream fan, I think you called it when you left it out. The flavors of lemon buttermilk and fresh berries are the stars here!

    Belated congratulations on your anniversary.

  6. Happy cook — June 16, 2009 @ 6:32 am

    A wonderful delcious summer dessert.

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums — June 16, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    That's a wonderful creation! Deliciously seasonal!



  8. Dragon — June 16, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    These are a work of art!

  9. RecipeGirl — June 16, 2009 @ 6:51 am

    You're right… perfect for summer! All of our berries are good to go at this point. Lucky part of living in CA!

  10. HoneyB — June 16, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    So beautiful and what a wonderful way to celebrate!! Such a sweet and thoughtful hubby!

  11. Mary — June 16, 2009 @ 7:18 am

    What a beautiful presentation! This really looks delicious. Yum.

  12. Culinary Wannabe — June 16, 2009 @ 7:20 am

    Nice take on the traditional strawberry. How can you not love whipped cream though!! I could eat it straight from the bowl!!

  13. Aimée — June 16, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    Just lovely! I would have mounded on the whipping cream, though, but that's just me.

  14. Teanna DiMicco — June 16, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    Perfect summer dessert! Absolutely gorgeous, Maria!

  15. Esi — June 16, 2009 @ 7:30 am

    These sound great! What a fantastic way to use up berries.

  16. Debbie — June 16, 2009 @ 7:41 am

    The berries look so delicious and love the lemon in the shortcake!

  17. Cristie — June 16, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    Lemon shortcake is so original! I'll have to give this a try. Florida is always a great idea for a celebration- congratulations, hope you have many, many more.

  18. Melissa — June 16, 2009 @ 8:23 am

    Your shortcake is so beautiful. What a great treat to celebrate your anniversary!

  19. kitchen witch — June 16, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    I love buttermilk biscuits, but have never thought of adding lemon. I'll have to try it! And if you ask me, our strawberry season is just cruelly short in my neck of the woods (East Coast).

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  20. Pam — June 16, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    Wow. This not only looks really, really tasty but very pretty too.

  21. pinkstripes — June 16, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    Happy Anniversary!! The shortcakes look wonderful. I love all the fresh berries.

  22. Spryte — June 16, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    That looks so fresh and delicious!

  23. Maris — June 16, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    What a nice way to celebrate! Happy anniversary!

  24. Grace — June 16, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    i lurve shortcakes, and this is quite a unique take on them! all that's missing for me is a massive shlop of whipped cream. and/or ice cream. :)

  25. Lori — June 16, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    I love shortcakes that have more a biscuit like texture. These sound so great. I'd never thought of adding a lemon twist. Yum!

  26. kat — June 16, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    This would make my hubs a very happy man too

  27. the ungourmet — June 16, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    Beautiful! I love the agave nectar in there!

  28. sugarlens — June 16, 2009 @ 10:24 am

    Oh, this is my favorite dessert. I love light and fluffy cakes and lots and lots of berries! Great job!

  29. finsmom — June 16, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    Such a perfect summertime dessert! I love how you used agave :)

  30. ttfn300 — June 16, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    they look amazing, and the berries are so bright and tantalizing :) i love strawberry shortcake!!!

  31. Beth — June 16, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    great pics!!

  32. Maria — June 16, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    Thank you for all of your comments! We enjoyed this dessert! Josh likes the shortcakes plain too!

  33. The Short (dis)Order Cook — June 16, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    I have a carton of leftover buttermilk after baking a cake with it and now you have helped me figure out what to do with the rest of it. Thank you! Time to head to the farmer's market for fresh strawberries.

  34. Natashya — June 16, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

    They look wonderful! I have been working through a 2lb pkg of strawberries that hubby brought home.

  35. Kerstin — June 16, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    What a great treat! Love the lemon in the shortcakes.

  36. Gaby — June 16, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

    ummmmm delicious!

  37. Liz — June 16, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    These look amazing! The berries are practically bursting out of the picture. And happy belated anniversary!

  38. Meg — June 16, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

    Yum! Delicious! What a great summer treat!

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  39. The Food Librarian — June 16, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

    What a lovely anniversary dessert! Glad you had a great time on your vacation!

  40. The Blonde Duck — June 16, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

    Sweet anniversary wuffles.

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