Gluten-Free Lemon-Berry Shortcakes

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Let your palate dance into summer with this tangy twist on traditional strawberry shortcake. Lemon curd and a warm berry compote, cradled atop a buttery, tender/flaky, gluten-free honey biscuit, create a fresh-tasting dessert that's sure to delight any citrus lover.

Gluten-Free Lemon-Berry Shortcakes

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Published: 04/19/2012



  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Hi-maize Fiber
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel (lemon zest; the peel of 1 medium-large lemon)
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter
  • 1/2 cup cold buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Fresh berry compote

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries or blackberries

Tips from our bakers

  • Unbaked biscuits are particularly well suited to freezing. Make a batch, freeze, and have biscuits on hand for a quick go-to bread; pop them right into the oven from the freezer, adding 5 minutes to the baking time.
  • Want to try making lemon curd? Our Easy Microwave Lemon Curd is delicious, and delightfully simple to prepare.


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1) To make the biscuits: Whisk together the flour, Hi-maize, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder, and baking soda, and grated peel.

2) Work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; some of the butter should remain in pea-sized pieces.

3) Stir together the buttermilk and honey, and add all at once to the dry mixture. Stir until the dough comes together with some dry crumbs remaining.

4) Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment or waxed paper that's been dusted with a little cornstarch. Use the paper to fold the dough over on itself eight times, patting it to a thickness of 1/2" in between folds.

5) Pat the dough 1/2" thick, and cut with a biscuit cutter; a 2 1/2" cutter is a good size. Make cuts close together, to avoid as many scraps as possible.

6) Stack any remaining scraps on top of one another, pat 1/2" thick, and cut.

7) Put the cut biscuits on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and place them in the freezer while you preheat the oven to 425°F.

8) While the biscuits are in the freezer, make the berry compote: Combine the lemon juice and sugar in a large, shallow saucepan, and add the berries. Cook and stir over medium heat until the berries' juices are released, and the liquid takes on a syrupy consistency. Remove from the heat, and set aside; the liquid will thicken slightly as it cools.

9) Brush the tops of the biscuits with some milk or buttermilk. Bake them for 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and serve warm, topped with lemon curd and warm berry compote. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: 9 servings.


  • star rating 10/07/2012
  • Ernie from Salem, IN
  • This was my first attempt at Gluten-free baking and will probably be my last. I was hoping that the buttermilk would give the shortcakes a bit of height but that was not to be. The finished product was dry and powerdery to bite in to.
    Please don't stop striving to bake GF at home - success is possible. We encourage you to contact our Baker's Hotline to chat GF baking and to problem solve this recipe (802-649-3717). We're here from 8 AM to 9 PM weekdays and from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekends. We look forward to working with you on this GF journey. Irene @ KAF

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