May 15, 2015

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake for Memorial Day

Strawberry Shortcake | The Naptime Chef

I’ll be out of town for Memorial Day this year so I am sharing my very favorite for the season with you right now. Berry season is just beginning here in Connecticut and when it comes around I am all about the strawberry shortcake. It is so. darn. good. Of course, you all know how to make shortcake, of course, but here is my special twist: lemon pastry cream. You guys, it is so much better than basic whipped cream and tastes incredible.

Pastry cream can be daunting to many people but I’ve nailed down a pretty simple method for making it. I don’t even worry about using the eggs so much since I use Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs. They are pasteurized in an all-natural, gentle water bath pasteurization process to eliminate the risk of Salmonella. Using Davidson’s means I don’t have to stress over making sure the eggs are completely cooked while I am working on the sauce. They are already perfectly safe to feed to my family right out of the carton.

Since I make the pastry cream from scratch I often use a fresh store-bought pound cake for the shortcake. It makes the dessert easier to pull together in a flash. However, if you want to make the pound cake from scratch feel free to do so!

Once the pastry cream is cooled and ready I layer the strawberries, cream, and cake to make a double (or sometimes triple!) decker sandwich. It is the perfect way to great summer and kick off the season!

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Lemony Strawberry Shortcake for Memorial Day

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious recipe works well with all kinds of berries and would be delicious with sliced peaches, too.

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  • 4 large egg yolks from Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • 1 loaf lemon or plain pound cake
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries


  1. 1. Slice the pound cake into 1-inch thick slices and set aside.
  2. 2. To a make the cream: Whisk the yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and milk together in a large saucepan over medium heat. Continue to whisk for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. 3. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted. Stir in the extract, salt, and zest. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly on top of the cream. Chill the mixture for 6 hours, or up to one day.
  4. 4. Assemble the shortcakes by layering the berries, cake, and cream. Serve immediately.

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