Shortcrust pastry squares with strawberries, raspberries and vanilla cream

A dessert from the black team during MasterChef Ireland 2012


  • 1 sheet shortcrust pastry (ready made)
  • 250 g strawberries
  • 250 g raspberries 72 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 2 tblsp caster sugar
  • 1 tblsp water


  1. Cut the shortcrust pastry into 6 4 inch squares. Sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for 10 mins and 170 degrees.
  2. Place the strawberries in a pot and simmer for 10 mins with 1 tbsp sugar and a little water. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Whip the cream with the vanilla essence until stiff peaks form
  4. To plate, place a square of pastry on a plate. Top with a little strawberry compote. Raspberries and a tablespoon of the cream

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