The earliest recorded recipe is found in Miss Leslie’s Ladies Receipt Book, published in 1847. The first strawberry shortcakes were made with heavy pastry that was similar to pie crust but thicker.
Shortcake is a basic baking powder biscuit dough that has been slightly sweetened. For the flakiest shortcakes, use very cold butter.
After baking, the biscuit is split apart and filled with strawberries that had been mashed and sweetened. The strawberries were put in between the two “crusts”, to make sort of a sandwich. Then, the whole thing was covered with a sugared frosting.
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