My Mom taught me how to make this, and her Mom taught her. This is real old-timey shortcake. They're not a sweet as sponge cake so the flavor of the berries is more detectable. They are sort of like a scone.
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening OR
1/4 cup shortening and 3 Tbsp. cold butter
1/2 - 3/4 cups milk
Sift together dry ingredinets. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add enough milk to form a soft, not sticky, dough. Don't over-mix. Roll out to 3/4 inch thinkcness on a floured surface. Cut with a 3 inch biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 20 min. or until golden brown. To assemble: once shortcakes have cooled, slice in half. Place bottom half on a plate or bowl. Top with desired ammount of berries, and remaining half shortcake. Finish with a dollop of real sweetened whipped cream (or Coolwhip, if you like) and enjoy!
I have more great strawberry dessert recipes, so if anyone wants more, leave a comment with your email and I will email them, or I can post them also.