Monday, 19 September 2011


There are lots of shortbread recipes out there, using various ingredients. This one is by far the easiest and the end result is delicious. Basically it's one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts plain flour. Literally as easy as 1-2-3!

Prep time: 10 Mins (Plus a bit of chilling time)
Baking time: 15 Mins
100g Caster Sugar (Plus a little extra for dusting)
200g Unsalted Butter (Chilled and cut into small cubes)
300g Plain Flour (Plus a little extra to flour the surface)

In a large bowl rub the flour into the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add in the sugar. Mix it all by hand until you get a smooth dough. Don't fret if it doesn't come together straight away, it just needs a bit of elbow grease! Once you're happy with it wrap it in cling film, then place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and line a large tray with baking paper. Take the dough out of the fridge and on a lightly floured surface roll out until just under a centimeter thick. Cut them out in whatever shape you want, as long as they aren't too big. Place them on the tray, leaving a gap between each one as they'll spread a little but when cooking, then bake for about 15 minutes. You'll want them to still be pale so don't let them brown, then take them out and let them cool on the tray. After about half an hour of cooling I dusted them with the caster sugar, but you can leave it a bit longer if you want. I'm just impatient!

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