Earl Grey Shortcakes with Lavender-Blackberry Compote

Last Update: September 28, 2022

This elegant recipe takes shortcake to new heights. A dash of Earl Grey tea lends a floral note in the tender shortcakes, and we’ve swapped out strawberries in favor of a lightly sweet lavender-blackberry compote.

Yield: 5 shortcakes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground earl grey tea
2 large eggs
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons raw honey
Few drops bergamot essential oil

Lavender Blackberry Compote

2 heaping cups blackberries
2/3 cup raw honey
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon lavender
1 tablespoon orange blossom water
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup water
Blackberries for serving

Egg wash

1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons water


In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, salt, baking soda, and earl grey tea.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs, oil, honey, and bergamot oil. Fold the wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well incorporated, taking care to break up any lumps.

Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour and up to two days, covered, before using.

Meanwhile, place all of the compote ingredients into a medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring, and let boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer compote until syrupy, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 5 (1-inch-thick) discs and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Whisk together the egg and water for the egg wash and lightly brush tops of shortcakes with the mixture. Place tray in oven and bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden brown on the top. Let shortcakes cool slightly on tray before removing.

To assemble, slice the shortcakes horizontally with a serrated knife, spread the compote on the bottom half of the biscuit and top with fresh blackberries.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Merce Muse

Thrive Market Food Editor

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