Favourite recipes: Shortbread

This recipe for shortbread was given to me by an almost Scottish person! (I say ‘almost’ because she is from the very north of England and therefore sounds Scottish but actually isn’t) It comes out really nice, very similar to professionally made Scottish shortbread, but obviously is a bit nicer because you will have made it yourself :)

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My only tip is to use proper butter – I used a cooking spread the first time and it just doesn’t taste as good!

Here is the recipe…

You will need:

  • 8oz butter
  • 4oz caster sugar
  • 9oz plain flour
  • 3oz cornflour (aka cornstarch)

1. Soften the butter and mix the ingredients together. I think I remember hearing on the Great British Bakeoff that you mustn’t let it get too warm so use your fingertips for this!

2. Roll the mixture into a sausage (I normally make my sausage 4-5 cm in diameter) and cut into discs 1 cm thick or less. The discs will spread in the oven and come out bigger so it’s worth bearing this in mind when you are choosing how big to make them.

3. Place the discs on a baking tray and dust the tops with caster sugar.

4. Bake at 180°C for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

5. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe out and what you think! I always get lots of compliments when I make this shortbread!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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