- 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)
- 70 gm almonds
- 300 gm plain flour (2 cups)
- 50 gm rice flour
- 120 gm raw caster sugar
- Finely grated rind of 1 orange
- 220 gm cold butter, coarsely grated
- For brushing: eggwash
- 1For 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.
- 2Whisk cream, half the crème de cassis and half the icing sugar in a bowl until soft peaks form, refrigerate until required.
- 3Combine strawberries with remaining crème de cassis and icing sugar in a bowl and toss to combine, refrigerate until required.
- 4To 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.