Sweet Pickled Strawberries + Shortcakes

Sweet Pickled Strawberries + Shortcakes www.abeautifulmess.com Strawberry shortcake is such a classic summer dessert. There are about a million different variations out there. And I, for one, would be delighted to try them all. Just not all in one night. 🙂 For our back porch party I wanted to try something a little different. I had the idea to try pickling the strawberries to add a little tang. If you've never tried pickled fruit before I highly recommend giving this a try soon. You won't be disappointed. 

For the short cakes:
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 stick (8 tablespoons) softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
a pinch of salt
1 egg
In a bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until a crumbly paste begins to form (similar to making pie crust). Stir in the flour and salt until a dough ball forms. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to overnight. On a lightly flour surface roll out the dough until 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out shortcakes and lay on a prepared baking sheet. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush over each shortcake. Bake at 350°F for 25-28 minutes, until golden brown. Store in an airtight container for up to two days at room temperature.Sweet Pickled Strawberries + Shortcakes www.abeautifulmess.comFor the pickled strawberries:
1 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean
6-8 whole peppercorns
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 lbs. fresh strawberries
First remove the strawberry tops and slice in half or 3 pieces for the larger strawberries. Place in a large glass container, or multiple smaller glass containers. With the strawberries add the cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean (scraped of seeds), peppercorns and thyme. 
In a pot combine the water, vinegar, sugar and vanilla beans (scraped from the pod). Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and pour the hot liquid over the strawberries. Cover and allow this to sit for 4-8 hours. Sweet Pickled Strawberries + Shortcakes www.abeautifulmess.com  When you are ready to serve up dessert in a small bowl or large glass layer in a shortcake, remove the strawberries from the pickling juice with a slotted spoon and top with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Photos by Ryan Strong. See more photos from our back porch party here.

  • I have never tried pickling fruit but I’m intrigued. Wisconsin has great strawberries this season and I’m inspired. Peppercorns + strawberries is kind for freaking me out though. Thanks for the recipe!

  • oh my gosh, I want a strawberry shortcake now…. those look so delicious! I will definitely have to try making those soon, great idea!


  • I’ve never heard of pickling strawberries before it sounds almost as odd as eating strawberries with salt and Tabasco but somehow you make this look yummy. So yummy I might have to give it a go my self.

  • Have you tried strawberries with balsamic vinegar? It’s like this, but you don’t cook the pickle, just let the acid in the vinegar do the work for you. Sweet, tart, salty and a little bit sour – so delicious! I think they’d be right up your alley!


  • This sounds delightful! Look forward to trying this, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Lulu xxx


  • This looks amazing. I fancy some strawberries now

    Seaside Beauty

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  • Pickled strawberries? Sounds kind of amazing, definitely adding to my “must try” list.

  • I’m skeptical of pickled fruit — mostly because I have never tried it.

    Does the pickling flavor overwhelm the fruit? My brain is having a time trying to wrap around this one.

  • Pickling the strawberries is so unique!
    But even more than that..I love the glasses that you put the shortcakes in! I would have never thought about doing that!

    The Patch Diaries

  • This sounds rather interesting! I think I might try making the strawberries at some stage to have with icecream 🙂

  • This sounds really interesting. I would have never thought to pickle fruit.


  • We love fruits with ice cream, and cinnamon!!!


  • Oh how lovely! I’ve never had pickled strawberries, but you have me convinced!

    Juliette Laura

  • I’ve heard pickled strawberries are sooo good!

    Carina xx

  • This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try it. I don’t think I’ve had pickled fruit – but it seems like I’ve been missing out!

    Alex from www.polkadottedpixels.com

  • lovely…nothing like fruit and ice cream to make our day in the summer.

  • this looks and sounds sooo good what a fantastic idea! thanks for sharing another amazing recipe! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • That looks like a little slice of heaven!



  • Yummy 🙂 I never get bored of your recipes!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • That looks too good, would love to have this now 😉


  • Never tried this before! I often marinate strawberries in Balsamic, super tasty as well.


  • I’ve never heard of pickling fruits before, but this sure looks good! I’ll have to give it a try!


  • This looks SO yummy. I’ve never tried pickling fruit, but it sounds like a challenge I would LOVE to take on 🙂

  • Yum! I love pickled fruit but haven’t tried strawberries yet. I’ll have to check it out.


  • You two present your food so well!


  • i cant stop eating strawberries at the moment. Lemon is also one of my favourites that’s why I made these lemon poppy seed muffins this week:


  • These sound good, never heard of pickled strawberries before, I’d love to try them when our crop really ripens

  • This is so mouthwatering! The pictures are so good they might as well be real. Haha. Now I’m hungry…


  • I’ve never tried pickled fruit before, but it definitely looks tasty!


  • This dessert looks so pretty and delicious, I’m always very impressed by the food you ladies prepare.


    Peonies and American Honey

  • this looks delish! can’t wait to try it.


  • mmm-mmm-mmm. i’m planning to make little strawberry shortcakes for a party i’m hosting this saturday and i may just have to add the pickled strawberries. because saying that you pickled something yourself just always makes it sound a tad fancier!

  • That sounds delicious! I am super into pickled things right now. Somehow the vinegar helps with all the heat of summer I think!

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