I’ve decided to start my new baking blog with a simple shortbread recipe. When I say simple it’s by no means a easy recipe to get right for beginners! I recommend making a few other biscuit doughs before trying any shortbread as it can be a bit daunting when unsure of the right technique.
250 g (9 oz) Plain Flour ( ideally, but you can get away with self-raising well I do 😜)
75 g (3 oz) Caster sugar
175 g (6 oz) butter (buy the best you can afford because the better the ingredients you use the nicer your baking will be, well that’s the theory ☺
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius, 325 degrees Fahrenheit, gas mark 3. Grease a baking tray.
2.Mix flour and sugar in a bowl, rub in butter.
3.Knead well to form a smooth paste.
4.Divide into smaller parts if it’s easier for you to work with. Roll out or use finger tips to press down to flatten out until about 1cm (1/2 inch) thick.
You could however go down the more traditional route of rounds or fingers and prick with a fork. Place on baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden.
#1 tip In warm weather chill the shortbread before baking.
Hope you have all enjoyed my first blog post and have fun trying out this shortbread recipe for yourself. Please comment with anything you’d like to see me post about in the future. I’d also be happy to see your blogs and and I’m really grateful for any feedback you leave for me. I’ll be baking something new to share with you all very soon. Bye for now, Kelly☆
P.s. I’ve recently made a chocolate cherry version of these that worked very well. Replacing 1 ounce of the flour with cocoa powder & adding 2 ounce of chopped glace cherries when you’ve rubbed in the butter before kneading.
These are some I baked without pricking with a fork and adding sugar to the tops afterwards for a slightly healthier version and below I made by doing exactly that.
I hope you all enjoy my twist on a traditional treat and give them a try for Christmas they would make a lovely alternative food gift popped in a cellophane bag tied with some ribbon & a tag!