This fluffy and tender vegan semolina shortcake is infused with edible lilac flowers and filled with sweet strawberries and whipped coconut cream!
A Classic Full of Sweet Memories
Strawberry shortcake has always been a favorite dessert of mine since I was a kid. I think I requested for my birthday cake most of the time. My mom would make a big flaky shortcake or vanilla sponge cake and layer it with fresh sweet strawberries and whipped cream. Is there anything better than in-season ripe juicy sweet strawberries and vanilla-scented cream? No. No there is not.
Not Your Basic Vegan Strawberry Shortcake
The idea to use semolina flour in my vegan shortcake recipe, which is a riff off my coconut cream biscuit recipe, came after making some semolina sourdough loaves and then semolina pancakes. Semolina is milled from durum wheat, which is an Italian variety of wheat that is coarser than all-purpose flour and has a pale yellow color, most often used to make pasta. But it also does something magical in baked goods: every time I use it in something the crumb comes out so tender. It's actually really perfect in shortcake, which can tend to dry out really easily. You need to go make those semolina pancakes saved in my Instagram stories btw. SO GOOD.
Eat The Flowers
Since lilacs are in full bloom right now I just had to add some to the dough and sprinkle them all over the assembled shortcakes because flowers make everything better, amiright??!! You can leave the lilacs out or switch them up with other edible flowers too. I also broke out the violet sugar from the last post to sprinkle on top of the shortcakes: best decision ever. It's like little violet sprinkles.
The strawberries are sweetened with maple syrup and macerated in their own juices to be soaked up by the flaky vegan shortcake. I will definitely be making this vegan shortcake recipe with other berries and stone fruits this summer. Let's keep the strawberry shortcake train rolling!!!
For more delicious things to make with strawberries or edible flowers check out these recipes:
- Strawberry Shortcake Cake
- Strawberry Rhubarb Galette
- Vegan Strawberry Ice-Cream with Strawberry Jam Ripple
- Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Frangipane Galettes
- Strawberry Elderflower Gin Smash
- Rhubarb Lime Cashew Cream Tart with Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelée, Rhubarb Lattice & Coconut Flour Shortbread Crust
- Vegan Strawberry Icebox Pie
- Wild Honeysuckle Strawberry Lemonade
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