Feijoa shortcake

Simple Feijoa Shortcake

A sweet and sticky feijoa filling, sandwiched between two layers of buttery shortbread-style cake.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine New Zealand
Keyword Baked Snacks, Dessert, Feijoa, Slice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 314kcal
Author Elien


  • 140 grams unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 150 grams white sugar (2/3 cup)
  • 300 grams plain flour (2 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Feijoa Filling

  • 850g grams feijoas (about 12 medium or 20 small)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cornflour


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit. Grease or line a 27cm rectangular slice tin. 
  • In a food processor, combine the butter, sugar, salt, flour and baking powder and pulse until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Alternately use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut/rub the butter into the flour.
  • Lightly beat the egg and add it to the flour mixture. Stir or pulse it to combine it into a thick dough that clumps together (not sticky), along with as much of the milk as you need to make the dough.  
  • Scoop out the inners of the feijoas and place them in a bowl. Add in the cinnamon and cornflour and use a fork to mix this together and slightly squash the feijoas and break them up a bit. 
  • Take 2/3 of the dough mixture and press it into the slice tin. Use the back of a measuring cup to press it down until the bottom of the tin is covered.
  • Layer over the feijoa filling.
  • Take the remaining 1/3 of the dough and rip off pieces and flatten them slightly. Place the pieces irregularly over the feijoa filling. It is fine that it doesn't cover all the filling.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes until the shortcake topping is golden brown. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. 


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.2g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 7.5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 23.2g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.6mg