PA Dutch Strawberry Shortcakes

This recipe for PA Dutch strawberry shortcakes is a simple preparation, letting local strawberries take center stage. After a quick maceration, the berries are layered atop crumbled fresh baked shortcake (homemade — try this recipe — or from your local bakery), and the whole thing is doused in cold PA milk and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Like so many traditional PA Dutch and Amish recipes, this technique is straightforward, homey and uncomplicated – a comforting, timeless dish to enjoy with friends and family.

PA Dutch Strawberry Shortcakes

Serves 4
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
30 min 0 min 30 min

Feel free to omit the milk and simply top with whipped cream, if preferred!


  • 1 pound PA strawberries, hulled and halved, if large
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large fresh-baked shortcake
  • Local whole milk
  • Fresh whipped cream, made with PA cream


  1. Combine strawberries with lemon juice and sugar in medium bowl. Let sit 20-25 minutes, until strawberries are coated in sweet syrup.
  2. Break apart fresh shortcake into bite-sized pieces and scatter in wide bowl. Top with strawberries and their syrup. Pour milk over shortcake and strawberries and top with whipped cream.

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