Tried-and-true Homemade Apple Shortcake

There are few sweet treats as delicious as this freshly baked cake.

Tried-and-True Apple Shortcake

There’s nothing quite as nice as a freshly-baked Apple Shortcake, especially when the recipe belonged to a beloved grandmother. Taken from the notebook of her 95-year-old gran, Dulcie May Booker, Natalie Oldfield brings this simple yet classic dessert back to life.

Serves: 5-6


  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 190g butter
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, sliced and cooked
  • milk, for brushing


Sift flour into a bowl, add sugar and stir to combine. Rub in butter and then add egg to form soft dough. Press half the dough into a greased slice tin, cover with cooked apple. Roll out the rest of the dough and place on top of apple. Brush over with milk.

Bake 20–30 minutes at 180°C. Sprinkle with icing sugar and slice while hot.

Recipe taken from Gran’s Kitchen by Natalie Oldfield
Seventy-six of the best tried-and-true homemade recipes from a bygone era, lovingly selected from the notebooks of 95-year-old Dulcie May Booker. Compiled by her granddaughter Natalie Oldfield, Gran’s Kitchen is sure to satisfy those who love traditional cookery in a very personal way. A little of the old, a little new, it is full of simple, comforting, and easy-to-make cakes, breakfasts, dinners, and desserts, as well as her secrets to award-winning baking and preserving. Not only is this a beautiful cookbook, but it is also filled with wonderful family love and community spirit. At times achingly nostalgic, Gran’s Kitchen is peppered with reminiscences and photographs of a once-typical but now disappearing lifestyle of pastoral dances and neighbourhood dressmakers.

You can purchase Gran’s Kitchen at

Published by Hardie Grant Books.

Do you have a favourite recipe handed down by a grandmother? Will you hand it on to your grandkids?



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