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Cherry pistachio lemon shortbread recipe

Inspired by Summer, this lovely and light shortbread recipe is made up of fresh cherries, crushed pistachio and zesty lemon. Bringing together sweet, tart and nutty flavours makes this an easy, make-ahead dessert that wouldn't look out of place at a family BBQ, packed up in a picnic or as an easy dinner party dessert. The Picota Cherries especially bring a sweetness and depth to this homemade shortbread, which is offset by the contrasting ingredients.

Hailing from the beautiful Spanish valley of Jerte, 200km west of Madrid, signature stemless Picota Cherries follow a natural blossom and harvest season. This means that every day the arrival of the deliciously sweet cherries is different - for 2018 it's July and August. You can now get them in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Aldi from July - but be quick, they may only be around for another month or so.

You can also be in a chance of winning a picnic hamper with Jerte Picota Cherries! Each hamper includes two delicious punnets of cherries, a bottle of Cava, flutes, a cherry pitter and napkins. Scroll down for the granita recipe, as well as to find out how to enter...

Cherry pistachio lemon shortbread recipe
Cherry pistachio lemon shortbread

Shopping list.
♥ 130g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing your baking paper
♥ 60g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling before baking
♥ The juice and zest of one lemon
♥ 200g plain flour
♥ A handful of shelled, crushed pistachios
♥ 8-10 fresh Jerte Picota Cherries

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line a loose base tart tin with greased baking paper.

Step one. Beat together the butter and sugar, using the lemon juice to help get it started. Add in the zest too.

Step two. Add in the flour and mix until combined. Lastly throw in half the cherries and pistachios.

Step three. Place the mix into the tin, using a spoon or spatula to push it down. Add the remaining cherries and pistachios to the shortbread in a decorative way (in a pattern or random - the choice is yours!) and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for around 20 minutes until cooked through and golden

Now for the giveaway...

Fancy your chances of winner a Jerte Picota hamper of two delicious punnets of cherries, a bottle of Cava, flutes, a cherry pitter and napkins. Simply answer the question and enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends Wednesday 25th July 2018 - good luck!

What is your favourite cherry recipe or dish?

In collaboration with Jerte Picota Cherries

The prize is a Jerte Picota Cherry Hamper including two punnets of cherries, a bottle of Cava, flutes, a cherry pitter and napkins. Giveaway is open to mainland UK only and due to alcohol restrictions entrants must be over 18 years old. One entry per household. Only entries submitted via the Rafflecopter with full contact details will be counted. In accordance with GDPR, no details or addresses will be retained for marketing purposes or otherwise. The winner has 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. The hamper will be delivered by Jerte Picota and their PR team and I have no responsibility on timings of postage. Closing date is midnight on Wednesday 25th July 2018


  1. This sounds so tasty and looks amazing

  2. This sounds and looks delicious....

  3. Sounds divine -I will try it out soon!

  4. Classic cherry pie with a dollop of clotted cream

  5. Cherry pie. The blackbirds usually raid the cherry tree - and leave the stones in the birdbath!

  6. My favourite is Cherry �� pie yum yum

  7. White chocolate And cherry load cake ! Yummy xx

  8. Not cherry pie with cream

  9. a lovely black forest gateau :-)