Shortbread Stars

Shortbread Stars

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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.
Ingredients:
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 ☺
Method:
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.

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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.

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Cut into desired shape I used different sized star shape cutters. image

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.

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#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! 

🎄

Kelly

Festive Fancies

Festive Fancies

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It’s that time of year again, where everyone seems to be going Christmas crazy! Including me.
These sweet star shaped fancies will leave you all starry eyed this season.
Perfect for party’s or even giving as gifts that is if you can resist eating them ☺
They are also great fun to make & decorate with the kids, but be warned it can get messy!
Bake as a Victoria sandwhich cake in any shaped tin you like. I have found a square tin leaves less cake going to waste, as you can cut more shapes out of it. Lets face it no cake ever goes to waste really, well not in my house anyhow.
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At the moment there’s a special offer on at Iceland with stork buy these two 500g tubs of margarine with the cake tin for just £2!
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(Bargain)
Ingredients
4 oz (100g) margarine ( I use stork it’s my absalute fave for cake making)
4 oz (100g) Caster sugar
2 medium eggs
4 oz (100g) self raising flour
Glace icing
Method
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, 350 degrees Fahrenheit, gas mark . Grease a cake tin.
2. Cream margarine and sugar until fluffy and almost white in colour.
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3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, adding a bit of flour with each.
4. Gently fold in remaining flour.
5. Pour in greased tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.
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6. When cake has completely cooled cut into desired shapes ( I used different sized plastic star shaped cookie cuttters.)
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Coat with glace icing and decorate however you like. I put glittery sprinkle on top my gold coloured glace icing
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& my children used these to decorate with
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Top tip
Refrigerate your sponge shapes for about 10-15 minutes before decorating. This helps the icing set quicker and makes the sponge slightly firmer and easier to work with.
To gift wrap simply stack a few together when the icing has set and wrap in a cellophane bag, tie a bow around the top with some ribbon and then watch the recipients face light up as they receive there homemade goodies. Alternatively display on a metallic plate or cake stand at a party that will bring a twinkle to your guests eyes.
I’m enjoying mine with a cup of tea 😜
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Leave your sparkling thoughts below I’d love to hear from my readers. Some more Christmasy baking recipes will be coming very soon.
Kelly ☆