Blueberry cardamom shortcakes

Blueberry cardamom shortcakes

Shortcakes are Benjamina Ebuehi's go-to for a quick and easy afternoon treat that never fail to go down well with a crowd, especially this version with citrus notes of cardamom and juicy, syrupy blueberries.

    • Serves6
    • CourseCake
    • Prepare15 mins
    • Cook18 mins
    • Total time33 mins

    For the blueberries

    • 250g blueberries
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest, plus juice of ½

    For the shortcakes

    • 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 80g caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp baking powder
    • 6 cardamom pods, husks discarded, seeds ground to make 1/2 tsp powder
    • 140g unsalted butter, cold and diced
    • 300ml double cream
    • 3 tbsp milk, if needed
    • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
    • 1 tsp icing sugar, plus extra to dust
    • ¼ tsp vanilla extract