7 Ways to Jazz Up Your Strawberry Shortcake

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Easy ways to take your strawberry shortcake to the next level
7 Ways to Jazz Up Your Strawberry Shortcake
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What's your favorite variation on this classic dessert?

Few desserts say “summer” like strawberry shortcake. Bright red, juicy, in-season berries; warm, fluffy shortcakes; and lighter-than-air whipped cream — what's not to love? A dessert this perfect doesn’t need anything else. Or does it?

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We love a good old-fashioned strawberry shortcake, and even in its simplest form it is a truly delicious treat. But with a few simple tweaks you can enhance the flavors of this classic dessert, taking it to new, mouth-watering heights. 

The key to improvising with this summertime favorite? Don't overdo it. Pick one of these simple tweaks (or, in some cases, two at most) so that you don't lose the inherent goodness of the strawberries, cream, and shortcakes. The goal is to enhance what you already love about the dessert.

So, if you're looking for a few surprisingly simple ways to jazz up this summertime favorite, read on. We have seven we know you'll love.

Balsamic Vinegar

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Balsamic vinegar and strawberries has become an increasingly popular flavor combination over the past few years. Try adding a splash to your cut-up strawberries (along with some sugar) 30 minutes before you serve your shortcakes.

Fresh Herbs
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When you’re baking your shortcakes, add a few tablespoons of fresh chopped thyme to the dough for a subtle herbaceous hint of flavor. Or, instead of baking herbs into the shortcake, try topping your dessert with a chiffonade of fresh basil.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.