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Saturday, 29 March 2014

yummy shortbread..................

I seem to have fallen in love with shortbread and it's so easy to make. I think I had just forgotten about shortbread. As you know I love to bake and always have full cake tins and recently I have been baking for my crochet workshops - if that makes sense. We do crochet at the workshops but it's nice to have a cake and coffee break. I wanted to make a simple bake for people who didn't want richer cakes like cupcakes or chocolate cake. I stumbled upon this really easy shortbread recipe on bbc.co.uk/food.

For the plain shortbread you only need 3 ingredients, flour, butter and sugar.

125g/4oz butter
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




My first batch I kept plain and they were yummy - although I did pipe a few dots of icing on some of the hearts.
 I made some more yesterday and worked some chocolate chips into the mixture before rolling out.
they worked out really well - I might add lemon zest next time or maybe some dried fruit. Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

talk soon x



37 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about shortbread the other day and wondering how to make it - it's something that was always in the tin when I was little. Thanks for posting the recipe, it looks delicious.

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  2. Yummy! I've not made shortbread in ages. Never thought to add chocolate chips to the mixture before though, might have to try that at some point :)

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    1. It does taste good with the chocolate chips x

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  3. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  4. Love the polka dot hearts! Shortbread also delish with a sprinkle of caster sugar as soon as they come out of the oven...yum...

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  5. I love shortbread, my mum always buys us some at Christmas. Thank you for the recipe, I'm going to give this a try! Sarah xo

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  6. How funny - I made shortbread for the first time in years last month! It was delicious and as you say, so easy. Hope you have a great weekend. The sun is out and it's really quite warm here. x

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    1. Thank you Sarah - sun has been shining here too x

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  7. if I am not careful i'll start baking again after seeing all your lovely cakes and there is no one to eat them here now :(

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  8. I love it too, as long as there is proper butter involved! They are great for classes because they are not too messy. Jo x

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    1. I agree Jo I always use butter and it is yummy x

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  9. I love shortbread too ... thanks for sharing your recipe ... Bee xx

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  10. These look lovely, and even nicer to send love!

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  11. I bake a lot and would you believe that I have never made shortbread cookies?!?!?!? You have convinced me to get baking these right away! They look amazing! What a fun teacher you are!!! Happy weekend! Nicole xoxo

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  12. Ooh, delicious! It's a cold, grey day here so making these cookies will be the perfect antidote. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope the shortbread brightens your day x

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  13. Yummy! I have a weakness for shortbread too - and thanks for the choc chip idea, I'm definitely going to try that now too :-)
    xx

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    1. Hi Gilly it does work well - have fun x

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  14. They look yummy. I used to often make it when I was younger and lived at home, but haven't made it for years.

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  15. They look delicious Sue! Do you chill them before rolling out and/or before baking as I notice that they have been very well behaved and not spread at all which my shortbread shapes seem to do. I am sure that your crochet classes love all of your baking! xx

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  16. Hi Amy I just chill them after I've rolled them out and put them on the baking sheets. They seem to keep in shape quite well - hope you have a good week x

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  17. They look great, I like the way you are experimenting with different flavourings.
    S xx

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  18. They look delicious. I don't know why I don't make shortbread more as I love to eat it and it's fairly straightforward to make. Sometimes I replace a little of the flour with ground almonds, that works well too. I've never tried chocolate chips though, that looks good. Have a great week Sue. x

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  19. Shortbread with chocolate... oh yum!
    Tracey xx

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  20. Ah yes, Sue, shortbread is always a very good tasty morsel to have at hand for 'those times' when a little sweet taste is just what's needed. Thanks for sharing, xx Joy

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  21. Shortbread is one of my favourite things, but I've never made my own ... and with chocolate chips, oh heaven! Have a lovely week (think I might do some baking).
    Jane x

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