Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Servings 10 shortcakes


Strawberry Topping:

  • 16 ounces strawberries hulled, washed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the shortcakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream plus extra cream to brush the tops
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top of shortcakes
  • Whipped cream for serving


  1. 1. In a medium bowl, add the strawberries and sugar. Stir until strawberries are coated. Refrigerate strawberries until serving time. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  2. 2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter and, using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces of butter with flour. Use your fingers or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients. You will have some small pea size pieces of butter and that is fine. Stir in the chopped rhubarb.
  3. 3. In a small glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the egg, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky. Still in the bowl, gently knead the dough by hand, just until the dough comes together.
  4. 4. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Pat the dough into a circle. Gently roll out the dough. You want the dough to be about an inch thick. Cut the dough into shortcakes using a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or glass bottom. Place the shortcakes on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  5. 5. Brush the shortcakes with cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer shortcakes to a rack and cool to cool to room temperature.
  6. 6. Serve shortcakes with strawberries and whipped cream.