Friday 26 April 2013

Strawberry Vanilla Shortcakes Recipe

This is a British tea time classic... made even better by the addition of strawberries and cream. Serve outside in the summer with a cup of tea.

As well as being great to serve outside at home, these are also a British cream tea classic. Part of the traditional afternoon tea repertoire of tea-rooms up and down the country.

These simple to make cakes are guaranteed to give your tea-time a touch of elegance.

Strawberry Vanilla Shortcakes

Strawberry Vanilla Shortcake: Classic tea-time favourite of a shortcake base topped with jam, cream and sliced fresh strawberries


350g (3 cups) self-raising flour
100g (1/2 cup) butter, chilled and cubed
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways and with the seeds scraped out
100ml (1/2 cup, scant) milk, warmed
1 egg
squeeze of fresh lemon juice

To serve:

227g (8 oz) carton of clotted cream
strawberry jam
250g (9 oz) fresh strawberries, sliced thickly


Combine the flour, butter, sugar, half the scraped out vanilla seeds and 1/4 tsp salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs then turn into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat together the milk, egg and lemon juice. Turn the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture and bring together as a clumpy dough with a round-bladed knife.

Turn this dough out onto a lightly-floured work surface, then shape into a smooth disc. Cut out eight rounds with a 7cm cutter (pinch together and re-roll the trimmings) then glaze the tops with a little beaten egg yolks. Carefully lift onto a greased baking tray then transfer to an oven pre-heated to 220ºC (425ºF, Gas Mark 7).

Bake for about 12 minutes, or until well risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Beat the remaining vanilla seeds into the cream.

To serve, cut the top off each shortcake and top with the jam. Spoon over the vanilla cream and mound strawberry slices on top.

Serve immediately.

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