Quick & Easy

Pistachio shortcakes with strawberry compote

Crumbly, golden shortcakes are filled with a generous dollop of thickened cream and sweet strawberry halves for a memorable high tea treat or a quick and easy springtime dessert.
easy shortcake recipe



1.Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line an oven tray with baking paper.
2.Process the pistachios in a small food processor until they are a fine consistency.
3.Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the pistachios, caster sugar and rind; stir to combine. Coarsely grate the butter into the mixture; rub in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
4.Whisk together ⅓ cup of the cream and the egg in a small bowl until well combined. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture and, using a fork, combine to form a firm dough.
5.Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface; press into a rectangle 2cm thick.
6.Using a 7cm scone cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible. Lightly knead the scraps of dough; repeat to give six rounds. Transfer rounds to the oven tray. Brush the tops of the shortcakes with a little of the remaining cream. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown; cool.
7.Meanwhile, combine the strawberries, extra caster sugar and orange juice in a medium bowl. Whisk the remaining cream and icing sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
8.Halve shortcakes; join with cream and strawberries. Dust with a little icing sugar.

Shortcakes suitable to freeze at the end of Step 5. Not suitable to microwave.


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