Butter Shortbread

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shortbreadButter Shortbread


175g (6oz) butter
75g (3oz) golden caster sugar
175g (6oz) plain flour
75g (3oz) ground almonds


1. Preheat the oven to 150’C/R2. Beat the butter until soft and add the sugar. Beat until light and fluffy – it will become lighter in colour. Sift the flour and ground almonds and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Bring together as a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 5 minutes. If the mixture gets warm the shortbread will end up being hard.

2. Once chilled, roll out to a circle on a flour-dusted work surface, approximately 15cm (6in). If using a shortbread mould, press the dough into the mould, ensuring the dough is spread evenly. If not, crimp the edges of the dough and mark the shortbread into 6-8 wedges. Sprinkle the top with extra caster sugar and transfer on to a lined baking sheet.

3. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until light golden brown. Likewise if using a mould. Leave to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight tin.


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