We are savoring the last days of summer, taking our dessert post-dinner outside for a backyard picnic. With every last fresh strawberry, I am reminded just how sweet this season truly is. School is just around the corner, the boys go back after Labor Day, so I am trying to be intentional and enjoy the freedom that comes with summer days. The perfect strawberry shortcake will surely help you end your summertime on a high note. Trust me!

Strawberry Shortcake Picnic

Strawberry Shortcake 

Strawberry Shortcake

  • Easy drop biscuits from Real Simple (so easy and so good!)
  • 1 carton fresh strawberries (local or organic is best)
  • Homemade whipped cream

 

My go-to recipe for a great biscuit is from Real Simple. The recipe yields about six biscuits. To prep the strawberries, wash, remove stems, and quarter each strawberry. In a bowl, lightly sprinkle the strawberries with sugar and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Gently mix to combine, cover with plastic wrap, and place strawberries in refrigerator. I like to prep strawberries at least an hour before making the shortcake in order for the natural juices to come out of the berries.

For the homemade whipped cream, in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat on high speed one cup of heavy whipping cream, 1-2 teaspoons of sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract until the mixture become light and fluffy.

To assemble the strawberry shortcake, cut the cooled biscuits in half. Place the bottom half of the biscuit in a bowl, add a generous layer of strawberries and whipped cream, place the other half of biscuit on top. Finish by adding some more strawberries/juice around the biscuit and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake

Tray / Picnic Blanket / Bowls / Mugs (Pottery Barn Kids)

Strawberry Shortcake

Dress

On boys: J. Crew Mercantile T-shirt + J.Crew Shorts (left) / J.Crew T-shirt + Stella McCartney Kids Shorts from Tiny, Charlotte, NC (right)

Images by William Avery Photography, www.williamaveryphotography.com