Tuesday, 26 February 2013

RECIPE: Simple Shortbread

Hi!
Over the weekend I baked some shortbread. It has to be one of the easiest and quickest things to make and it tastes so good! When I really started to get into baking a went through a phase of whipping up quite a few batches of these delicious biscuits as they're just so simple to make. Of course you can jazz the recipe up if you like by adding things such as chocolate chips to the mixture but I like to keep mine plain. The best part is you only need 4 ingredients to make these as well. Now  I'm more of a chuck it in and hope for the best kind of baker I never really stick to measurements as I often find them to be out anyway but I will try and give you the rough measurements of what I used.

What You'll Need

125g Butter (I always use margarine in mine as that's what we have in and they taste just as good!)
55g of caster sugar (plus a little extra for sprinkling)
180g plain flour
Vanilla Essence

Method

Gather your ingredients together then preheat to oven to gas mark 5 or 190c / Cream together to butter and sugar / Sieve the flour and fold into to butter and sugar / Add a drop of vanilla essence

You should end up with a firm dough like this, if it's a little too dry just add a tiny drop of water then place the dough in the fridge until chilled as it's easier to work with / Flour your surface and roll out the dough, you don't want to make it too thin as your after chunky biscuits, you can cut it into traditional finger shapes or use a cutter like I did / Place your shortbread onto a lightly greased baking try and gently prick them with a fork then sprinkle some sugar over the top / Bake for around 20 minutes (I bake in a microwave oven an they take around 40-50 minutes so I'm not too sure if 20 minutes is strictly right for a normal oven) until golden then set aside to cool.

There it really is that simple! I made 10 heart shaped biscuits roughly using these measurements. They so delicious especially when they're still slightly warm too. 

Have you tried making shortbread? What's your favourite thing to bake? Let me know!

1 comment:

  1. I tried some wholemeal shortbread recently and vowed to have a go at making my own. The recipes seem so simple!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for your lovely comments!