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Apricot Shortcake




Sweet Pastry

  • 190g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 450g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 600g (21oz) fresh apricots
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ c (50g) sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste



  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing to combine before adding the next. Scrape down the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix just to bring the dough together. Turn out onto a work surface, and bring the dough together lightly with your hands. Divide evenly into two pieces, flatten into rough square shapes, wrap tightly in plastic, and rest in the fridge for an hour.


  1. Remove the stones from the apricots, and cut each half into approx eight pieces. Add to a bowl and toss with the sugar, flour and vanilla. Set aside while you roll the pastry.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Line a 9” square baking tin with two pieces of parchment paper, forming a “sling” so that you can easily remove the bars.
  2. Roll out the first piece of pastry on a piece of parchment paper. Measure the size of the tin against the pastry, then trim the edges, and place the excess onto the piece of pastry, and roll out again to smooth - this ensures that your pastry is as thick as possible. Transfer to the freezer for 5 minutes, or until firmed up slightly. Remove from the freezer, and using the tin as a guide, trim to a 9” square. Place in the bottom of the baking tin, trimming if needed.
  3. Add the prepared apricot mixture to the tin, smoothing down.
  4. Repeat the rolling process with the second piece of pastry, and place on top of the apricot mixture.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Allow to cool completely in the tin before removing using the slings. Dust with powdered sugar, then slice with a sharp knife.
  6. Store at room temperature covered lightly with a cloth or paper towel - they will go soggy if stored in an airtight container.