Apple shortcake

Apple shortcake


When it comes to desserts at Christmas, and yes there are usually multiple, this is the big one. I don’t remember a Christmas that has passed without Nana’s apple shortcake and the battle it incites. The recipe itself is simple and the final outcome rather unassuming but really moreish, especially the corners – well some might say that. For in our family there is a pecking order and very often a fight for the corners of the shortcake. One year my aunt even went to the trouble of making four smaller shortcakes so the number of corner pieces was quadrupled, totally eliminating the centre pieces, much to the dismay of those like myself who secretly enjoy them the most.


Serves 8
125g butter
125g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
250g flour
400g stewed apples
2 tbsp milk (if required)
Icing sugar to dust on top.


1. Cream butter and sugar, add egg then sifted flour and baking powder - add a little milk here if you need it to bind dough together.
2. Split the mixture and roll out half onto a baking paper lined tray (about 1cm thick).
3. Drain any liquid from the cold stewed apples, so the base does not go soggy. Then spread apples over base. Leave about 1cm clear around the outer edge to stick the base and top together.
4. Roll the remaining mixture onto a piece of floured baking paper, make it the same size as the base.
5. Lay the dough on top of the apple and press the base and top together.
6. Bake at 150˚C for 40 minutes or until the dough is cooked through.
7. Serve with a big dollop of whipped cream.

7 thoughts on “Apple shortcake”

  • OMG You’ve publicly disclosed the family recipe! Oh, well I’m sure Nana will find it amusing. I thought I would have to marry into the family and produce an heir to have this recipe, but all I had to do was ask! Bless Nana and her apple shortcake.

  • Had to be done! It’s in the oven as I write. Deviated only in the filling, no apples to hand so peaches stewed in single malt (only booze I had in the apartment) it is. Posh Nosh, all the way from Timer-vegas to Dub-town.
    Loving all the recipes guys.

  • Had some apples that needed using and saw this recipe, it took me back to my childhood so decided to treat the boys in the house. One of the boys helped with making shortcake and wouldn’t believe it would taste any good! Needless to say there is none left……. The leftover stewed apple went with roast pork and parsnip chips.

  • Hi Elizabeth, I’m glad you enjoyed it, this recipe is a great way to use a few old apples combined with some simple ingredients from your pantry.

  • Hi Kate, good to hear from you – hope all is going well in Dublin, creating a booze laced shortcake – love it – Nana would be proud!

  • Haydn left us alone with a whole one. Last night. It is gorgeous. I would like to make a strawberry one!bthaks for sharing

  • Hi Joan,

    Very lucky, I think the strawberry version will be very yummy, let’s start a new family flavour favourite.

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