you can't beat a fresh strawberry and there are plenty around this time of year. i could eat shortcake, strawberries, and fresh whipped cream all day long!
sharing this great recipe from mother earth news.....
1 quart fresh strawberries (see preparation instructions above)
2 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil or butter
1 egg, well beaten (optional)
1 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (enough to make a thick, moundable batter)
Sift the dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl, work in the shortening with a fork, and add the egg if you want it. Gradually stir in the buttermilk and mix the dough only until the flour is reasonably well moistened. Spoon the batter into a heap in the center of a greased, round cake pan and bake it at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes until the top is well browned.
Allow the shortcake to cool slightly while you finish supper. Then — at serving time — cut generous wedges of short cake, split, and (if you feel extravagant) butter them. Lay each in a large cereal bowl, mound it with strawberries, and add a splash of juice. Pour milk over all.
Finally, a couple of remarks about the butter that started all this: