Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes

Published on May 16, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Serves: 4
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Buttery, flaky and perfect Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes – filled with juicy sweet strawberries and a lightly flavoured whipped cream, these classic gluten-free strawberry shortcakes are a perfect summertime treat!

What I love about these shortcakes they are simple to make, using pantry staples and every bite is filled with whipped cream and juicy strawberries 🙂 Another recipe you may enjoy is the Gluten-Free Berry Shortcake.


strawberries spilling from a paper bag


Which strawberries are best for shortcake recipes?

For the berries, it is important to use sweet ripe strawberries, because these buttery shortcakes are all about fresh, sweet and delicious strawberries. First, the strawberries need to soften a bit.

To do this, toss them in a touch of sugar. The berries will release some of their juices and soften to perfection. It only takes about fifteen minutes or so. This is why I start with the strawberries.

How to choose the right strawberry?

To be sweet and ripe, a strawberry does not have to be a deep red colour. The strawberry should be firm, but you should be able to squeeze them. And ripe strawberries smell so good, kind of a sweet smell of a strawberry.

Should you buy organic strawberries?

If your budget allows it, always buy organic strawberries. Unfortunately, strawberies are on the dirty dozen list. When tested by The Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than 90 percent of samples tested were positive for residues of two or more pesticides.

 the gluten-free shortcake recipe

Finding delicious gluten-free strawberry shortcakes in your local supermarket is very hard. This shortcake recipe is made with only eight ingredients, including a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. 

For the shortcake, to keep it flaky and buttery, I used a mixture of butter and half-and-half. The butter must be ice cold, so I freeze the butter for fifteen minutes before using it.

Before I even start the recipe, the butter goes in the freezer. The ice cold butter creates flaky layers and pockets throughout the shortcake. The ice cold butter is the secret to perfect gluten-free shortcakes.


strawberry shortcake, gluten free


whipped cream with flavour makes the difference

Now comes my favourite ingredient, the whipped cream. I know, indulgent, but so well worth it! Whipped cream tastes fantastic even without sweeteners or flavours.

However, I wanted to make these gluten-free strawberry shortcakes extra flavourful, so I added a touch of coconut sugar, a hint of vanilla and some lemon zest.

It’s the perfect whipped cream to add to the shortcake, especially the lemon zest, because it adds extra flavour. Although I used coconut sugar, you can change it for pure maple syrup or honey.

So there it is, buttery, flaky gluten-free strawberry shortcakes, filled with juicy strawberries and the best whipped cream. In my house, I always serve the shortcakes slightly warm, making every bite unforgettable.

If you like strawberry shortcakes you will love the Skillet Strawberry Cobbler with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Biscuits!


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