Strawberries with shortbread rounds and mascarpone


Makes 8

Prep 30 minutes

Do ahead: the mascarpone filling can be made several hours ahead


200g mascarpone

1 tbsp double cream

1/2 vanilla pod, seeds removed

1 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

200g-250g fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced horizontally

zest of 1/2 small lemon or orange

1 x small pack of shortbread rounds (I used 1 x 160g Lemon shortbread thins)


  1. Add the lemon or orange zest to the strawberries and carefully stir this through. In a bowl, mix together the mascarpone, cream, vanilla seeds and icing sugar.
  2. Place 6 shortbread rounds on a board and arrange a layer of sliced strawberries on top. Then using a teaspoon divide the mascarpone cream between each one, followed by another layer of strawberries. Finish with another shortbread round and a dusting of icing sugar.