For the plain shortbread you only need 3 ingredients, flour, butter and sugar.
55g/2oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish
180g/6oz plain flour
1.Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
2.Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
3.Stir in the flour and mix until you get a smooth ball. Turn on to a work surface and
gently roll out until it is 1cm/½in thick.
4.Cut into shapes or fingers and place onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with
caster sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
5.Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set
aside to cool on a wire rack.Makes 16 -20 shortbread
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