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Strawberry Shortcake Franco American Style on a white dessert plate topped with roasted berries and cream

Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-American Style with Roasted Strawberries

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At my house, we eagerly await the local strawberry season. How timely that our berries were ripe just in time to make Dorie Greenspan’s Strawberry Shortcakes, Franco-American Style. Roasted Strawberries were sandwiched between two ladyfinger cakes for one exquisite dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Franco American Style on a white dessert plate topped with roasted berries and cream

Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-American Style

My blogger friends have been roasting strawberries for years. Putting them in ice cream, parfaits, cakes and more, the concentrated flavor was a new twist for so many spring desserts. Of course, I’m not ahead of the game as usual, but thank goodness for Dorie. Her latest strawberry shortcake recipe started with ladyfinger cakes instead of the classic biscuit bases, followed by whipped cream and those sweet, juicy roasted strawberries. The resulting Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-American Style were outstanding!

Strawberry Shortcake Franco American Style on a white plate with a bowl of fresh strawberries

Ladyfinger Shortcakes and Roasted Strawberries

I typically make a biscuit-like shortcake, varying the recipe from time to time, adding a slosh of liqueur to the berries or cream, but generally an old-fashioned version. Dorie admits that her iteration has probably never been seen in Paris, but she gave it her twist it by using a French biscuit, biscuits à la cuillère, or ladyfingers.

Basically a sponge cake piped into rounds, the base and tops are soft cakes versus the crumbly type my family is accustomed to. I served mine with roasted strawberries, but a mixture with fresh would be lovely as well. My crew enjoyed these strawberry stacks, but preferred  a more traditional version. If you love ladyfingers, I think you’ll find this recipe a keeper. And when you tire of strawberries, these Blueberry Peach Shortcakes are terrific, too.

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Strawberry Shortcakes Franco American Style

Roasted Strawberries

A lovely topping for ice cream or strawberry shortcakes.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: French, French American


  • 1 pound, about 4 cups, strawberries, hulled and sliced in half (attempt to make them all similar in size by halving or quartering)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon highest quality balsamic vinegar


  1. Mix together berries and sugar.
  2. Preheat oven to 375º. Line baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Stir berries then pour out onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or till berries are soft. Remove berries and juices to a bowl. Stir in olive oil and balsamic. Let cool to room temperature before using.


Recipe very slightly adapted from Dorie Greenspan.


This recipe for these Strawberry Shortcakes, Franco American Style, can be viewed on Google Books. The recipe is also on page 338 of Baking Chez Moi. To see what the other bloggers thought of this recipe, check out the LYL page on Tuesdays with Dorie.

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45 comments on “Strawberry Shortcakes Franco-American Style with Roasted Strawberries”

  1. These Strawberry Shortcakes look gorgeous. I had never thought of roasting strawberries, but it must really intensify their flavour. Great post and gorgeous photos. Thank you. Sammie

  2. I love, love strawberries and these shortcakes look delicious Liz!

  3. Sounds like a very interesting take on Shortcake:@)

  4. We loved these shortcakes. I have to try the roasted strawberries soon

  5. You have presented it so beautifully!

  6. I have not tried roasting strawberries. I think I prefer them fresh 🙂

  7. Your shortcakes look beautiful Liz. I liked these light fresh shortcakes better than the traditional ones.

  8. Need to try the roasted version soon too!

  9. How funny… My husband thought I was going to make the biscuit version and almost wouldn’t have one until I told him that was not the case!

  10. Beautiful … as always! xoDorie

  11. Gorgeous presentation! Love how your ladyfingers came out a bit thicker than mine…time for a re-do!

  12. Looks delicious! I like ladyfingers in desserts – my sisters and I usually make icebox cakes with them, and can imagine how great these shortcakes taste with them!

  13. Your shortcakes are beautiful. Wish I could get mine to look as nice.

  14. Beautiful pictures! None of us had eaten roasted strawberries either…the reviews were mixed. We came up with that living in southern California, it is hard to make a strawberry taste better than just plain haha! These were very good though!

  15. Yours look perfect as always. 😉

  16. a perfect presentation– I can see you have great ladyfinger-making technique!

  17. Strawberry shortcake is a must this time of year. We go with the traditional biscuits. I am planning a big batch for this weekend.

  18. SO screaming summer. And very cool roasting the strawberries!

  19. I’m a little late to the roasted strawberry party too. Now I can’t get enough of them. Thanks for this version. GREG

  20. I have never roasted strawberries. This sounds wonderful, especially with the balsamic vinegar!! Wow – I have to try this. Local strawberries are ready now so this may appear on my table soon!

  21. I love your photos! So perfect and yummy-looking!

  22. Sounds like a good twist for strawberry lovers, Liz! My mom had them about every meal it seemed like growing up, during the season, and they’re low on my list, but I make them for the family; they all love them. I bet they’d all love this! Have a good rest of the week!

  23. Gorgeous, Liz! I really loved these! I roasted my strawberries today to use with the rest of the shells. Loved the flavor of the roasted berries! A keeper for sure! I thought this was a perfect summer dessert!

  24. I have never tried roasting strawberries, sounds yummy. Your strawberry shortcake looks scrumptious. Love your pictures. Makes me wish I had some fresh strawberries.

  25. Oh roasting the strawberries is a very new idea.. I haven’t seen this before. Your shortcakes look amazingly delish.

  26. I must be behind the times as I’ve never roasted strawberries before. Your little shortcakes look gorgeous and this is the kind of dessert I really like. How lovely that it’s strawberry season! xx

  27. You can never go wrong with strawberry shortcakes! Talk about delicious! Wow!

  28. Really beautiful presentation. And you achieved such great height on those cookies. I have to work on that.

  29. Beautiful job, Liz, they are very tempting. My little cakes didn’t rise too much, but tasty all the same.

  30. Mmmm…it looks sooo good!

  31. These shortcakes look so fabulous!

  32. I don’t think I have ever roasted a strawberry either. We like the intense flavor and would make these again.

  33. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love these. I don’t like whipped cream (not even the best homemade kind).
    They look so elegant and pretty.

  34. This looks gorgeous, Liz! Strawberry shortcake is my favorite during this time of year! I love that you roasted the strawberries! So delicious!

  35. Such pretty shortcakes, I love your twists on a classic!

  36. That’s so interesting, Liz. Never thought of using oil and vinegar on anything but salad! But if you and Ms Dorie are touting the miraculous results, I’d better get on your gourmet bandwagon =) Thank you for the how-to.

  37. Looks like a good one. I will get back to desserts in the fall when Matt shows up often…until then I am on hold with the sweet stuff pretty much and enjoying all of yours on the blog!

  38. Dear Lizzy, Such a nice and elegant dessert. Strawberry’s and basil are a great combo. xoxo Catherine

  39. Please send one this way….. pretty please these are simply beautiful 😀

  40. Your related posts section at the bottom of the post is to die for! It’s a parade of strawberry amazingness! I was so happy with how this recipe turned out, and I can’t wait to make it again!

  41. I enjoyed this, but agree that it will probably be a one time thing. The traditional version is hard to beat!

  42. In addition to shortcakes I can think of lots of treats to serve these berries with.

  43. I knew your ladyfinger disks would be perfect, but I am in awe of your whipped cream piping skills 🙂

  44. I love how you made these ‘little’ strawberry shortcakes, Liz! I guess I’m behind the game, since I’ve never roasted strawberries. I’m going to have to get with it and roast some soon!

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