Sheet-Pan Shortcake with Mascarpone Cream and Pears


Buttery shortcake, honey-soaked pears, and a rich mascarpone whipped cream team up in this showy fall dessert.

Sheet-Pan Shortcake Mascarpone Cream Pears
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 2 ripe firm red and/or green pears, cored, halved and thinly sliced

  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cup cold butter, cut up

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese

  • Pomegranate seeds


  1. In a large bowl combine 1/4 cup honey, the lemon juice, and cardamom. Add pears; toss to coat. Cover and let stand 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a very large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Make a well in the center of the mixture. In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a fork just until moistened (dough will be crumbly).

  3. Transfer dough to a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Using floured hands, press dough into an even layer. Brush top with additional buttermilk and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and cool in pan on a wire rack.

  4. In a large bowl beat together heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, and 3 tablespoons honey with a mixer just until stiff peaks form.

  5. Top shortcake with whipped mascarpone cream, pears, and some of their liquid. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
25g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 266mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 102mg 2%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 44.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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