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Strawberry Shortcakes with Whole Wheat Cinnamon Biscuits

Tender cake-like cinnamon-scented biscuits, fresh strawberries with a crazy flavor pop, and your choice of white and creamy, strawberry shortcakes with whole wheat cinnamon biscuits are a wonderful dessert when strawberries are at their seasonal peak! 

Strawberry Shortcakes with Whole Wheat Cinnamon Biscuits

Once upon a time strawberries were seasonal fruit, at their peak flavor in late spring. Now, we can get strawberries any time we want. They might be from Mexico or Chile, but we’ve got them.

A strawberry in winter doesn’t feel right. To me. So what if we can, it doesn’t mean we should. I want strawberries to be a celebration, something special, and I want them sweet and juicy and red. The time is now. Let’s make fresh, seasonal strawberry shortcake with whole wheat cinnamon biscuits.

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Brilliant flavorful strawberries are abundant, right now, and they don’t need much enhancement. You might choose to skip agave syrup or honey, but be sure to sprinkle in the strawberry flavor booster, balsamic vinegar.

Vinegar, what? Trust me on this one, or taste for yourself. Bite into a strawberry first, then stir in balsamic and taste again—see what I mean? Flavor enhanced. It’s an old Italian trick.

These Strawberry Shortcakes with whole wheat cinnamon biscuits are naturally healthier. Oil takes the place of butter, and whole wheat flour subs in for all-purpose flour.

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These are tender cake-like biscuits. Not like the packaged yellowish mini cakes positioned below the strawberry display in grocery stores. These are drop biscuits, more tender than flaky, with hearty whole wheat flavor. And just a hint of cinnamon.

Do me a favor. Hull your strawberries, that is, pluck out the stem. A paring knife will do the trick, but they make little hulling tools just for that purpose, simple ones and fancy ones. Any veteran Deer Valley baker will confirm that I’m a stickler  against strawberries cut straight across the top. Hulled strawberries keep the beautiful round strawberry shape–they look a whole lot more loved!

You can go the traditional, more decadent route with dollops of lightly sweetened vanilla whipped cream. I often use plain whole milk yogurt, because we always have it on hand. Sweeten it with agave syrup and vanilla. For vegans, make cashew cream, this recipe or this. (Cashew cream needs to be made a day ahead.)

‘Tis the season–take advantage of strawberry abundance. Get in the kitchen and whip up a delicious batch of whole wheat cinnamon biscuits and strawberries!

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Strawberry Shortcakes with Whole Wheat Cinnamon Biscuits
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These strawberry shortcakes will be the hit of your party. All of the ingredients can be prepared earlier in the day. Just assemble when it's dessert time! Makes 8 biscuits and enough strawberries and cream to fill them.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Ingredients
Shortcake biscuits:
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut almond milk (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cane sugar , optional, for sprinkling on shortcakes before baking
Strawberries:
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages strawberries
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Your choice of “cream”: Yogurt , cashew cream or whipped cream. (See notes)
Instructions
Make the biscuits:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 °F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or by rubbing a light coat of oil.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the almond milk, agave syrup and vanilla.
  4. With a fork, stir the oil in the flour mixture until it is crumbly. If you need to, get in there with your fingers. Immediately stir in the almond milk mixture, continuing to stir until everything comes together in a sticky dough.
  5. Drop rough balls of dough, ¼ cup each, onto the prepared pan, leaving about 2 inches between each mound. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired, and/or with a pinch of cinnamon.
  6. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Cool.
Prepare the strawberries:
  1. Wash and hull the berries. Cut them into quarters. Stir in the agave syrup and balsamic vinegar. Let sit 20 minutes or so to develop the juices.
To serve:
  1. Cut the shortcakes in half horizontally.
  2. Place the bottom half of each shortcake on a plate.
  3. Spoon 1/3 cup or so of the strawberries on top.
  4. Add a dollop of cream, which kind, your choice.
  5. Lean the shortcake top at a jaunty angle on top of the cream and fruit.
Recipe Notes
  • I unknowingly picked a look-alike almond coconut milk from the shelf thinking it was almond milk. The coconut milk added a subtle sweetness--I’d make that mistake again.
  • Dollop lightly sweetened vanilla whipped cream on your shortcakes. Or use plain whole yogurt, dolled up with agave syrup and vanilla, like I usually do. For vegans, make cashew cream. Remember, cashew cream needs to be made a day ahead.

4 comments

  • Of course I’ve never tried biscuits with whole wheat (I’m culinarily paralyzed by my upbringing). But why not, right? GREG Reply · 16 May, 2014

  • KATHRYN DECKERT

    MY MOTHER ALWAYS MADE ME HULL THE STRAWBERRIES, IT WAS A MARK OF LAZINESS TO JUST LOP OFF THE TOP.. LETTY YOU WERE IN MY DREAM THE OTHER NIGHT AND OF COURSE YOU WERE A CHEF. I’LL SHARE NEXT TIME I SEE YOU. KATHRYN Reply · 19 May, 2014

    • Letty

      One time we were at my Mom’s and Robbie was cutting the tops off the strawberries. Mom stopped him and handed him a huller! Reply · 19 May, 2014

  • […] strawberries on top? I used my favorite strawberry hulling tool to quickly pluck out the stems. Yeah—it’s my pet peeve; hulled strawberries look more natural and professional next to strawberries with the tops cut […] Reply · 3 July, 2015

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