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Strawberry and almond shortcakes with cassis cream

You'll need

400 ml thickened cream 70 ml crème de cassis (see note) 60 gm pure icing sugar, sieved 500 gm strawberries (about 2 punnets), trimmed and cut into wedges To serve: baby basil (optional)   Almond shortcakes 70 gm almonds 300 gm (2 cups) plain flour 50 gm rice flour 120 gm raw caster sugar Finely grated rind of 1 orange 220 gm cold butter, coarsely grated For brushing: eggwash


  • 01
  • For almond shortcakes, preheat oven to 160C. Spread almonds on an oven tray and roast, stirring occasionally, until browned (3-4 minutes), then coarsely chop and set aside. Combine flours, sugar, orange rind and a pinch of salt in a bowl, add butter and rub in with your fingertips until coarse crumbs form. Turn onto a work surface, bring together with the heel of your hand, then press into a 1cm-thick rectangle and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate to rest (30 minutes), then cut into rounds with a 7cm-diameter cutter. Brush with eggwash, scatter with almonds and place on oven trays lined with baking paper. Bake until just golden (12-15 minutes), cool completely on trays, then store in an airtight container until required. Almond shortcakes will keep for 1 week.
  • 02
  • Whisk cream, half the crème de cassis and half the icing sugar in a bowl until soft peaks form, refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • Combine strawberries with remaining crème de cassis and icing sugar in a bowl and toss to combine, refrigerate until required.
  • 04
  • To serve, spoon a little cream mixture onto shortcakes, pile strawberries on top, scatter with baby basil and serve.

Note Crème de cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur, is available from select bottle shops.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people

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Dec 2011

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