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!

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Strawberries are finally in season after a colder than usual Spring…I can't wait to dig into some strawberry shortcakes:D

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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. 🙂

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

  9. 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.

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