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Strawberry Almond Shortcake

Strawberry Almond Shortcake.closeMention “strawberry shortcake” and my mind will immediately think of a cutesy pie little dolly that my daughters played with endlessly thirty years ago.

However, this is not a strawberry shortcake without substance. It’s buttery, nutty and not too sweet. Add some homemade strawberry jam for sweetness, a thin smear of dripped yoghurt for tang then artfully arrange cut juicy sweet strawberries on top and you’ll gain a reputation as a competent chef patissiere.

250 g butter

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

1/3 cup castor sugar

1/3 cup rice flour

1 cup plain flour (I used spelt)

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

220g almond meal

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 30cm recessed flan tin.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in the flours and nut meal to a soft dough. Knead lightly to thoroughly combine, then press the dough into the tin

Bake the shortcake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool. The shortcake can be baked the day before needed.

To finish:

¼ cup strawberry jam

½ cup Greek style natural yoghurt

500g fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

Extra 2 tablespoons strawberry jam plus 2 tablespoon water

Put the shortcake onto a flat serving plate. Smear the jam over the recessed surface then top with the yoghurt. Cut the strawberries into halves and lay them cut side on the yoghurt, then using quarters and sixths, fill in all the gaps.

Combine the jam and water in a small saucepan and warm until well combined. Strain the jam to remove the solids then using a pastry brush glaze the fruit.

Serves 8 – 10

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About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

15 comments on “Strawberry Almond Shortcake

  1. mittsandmeasuresGjaarb05
    April 3, 2013

    Yum!! I’m going to have to try this.


    • ladyredspecs
      April 4, 2013

      It’s quite simple to make, but absolutely delicious. Enjoy!


  2. marymtf
    March 19, 2013

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  3. Francesca
    March 19, 2013

    It does look perfect and delicious.


  4. ohlidia
    March 18, 2013

    Mmmm, that does look super yummy! Can’t wait for sweet strawberries to come in and make this beautiful cake!


  5. johnnysenough hepburn
    March 17, 2013

    This is exactly my sort of cake. Not too sweet and healthy!


  6. trangquynh
    March 17, 2013

    this recipe sounds really great and the picture is gorgeous, I’m now have some beautiful strawberries in my fridge and I’d love to give this shortcake a try, can’t resist its deliciousness 😉


  7. mydearbakes
    March 17, 2013

    Very impressive! This is such a wonder bake! =D


  8. Fae's Twist & Tango
    March 16, 2013

    I want to be ‘competent chef patissiere’. I will make this beautiful Strawberry Almond Shortcake! It looks beautiful and decadent. 😀


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This entry was posted on March 16, 2013 by in Baking, Cakes, Desserts, FODMAP diet, Food, Fruit Desserts, Light dessert and tagged , , .
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