Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Quick & Easy Shortbread Biscuits

So, here is a little Tuesday treat. Everyone should have one as let's face it, Tuesdays are a little bit boring.

This is a really quick and easy shortbread biscuit that makes a perfect partner to a cuppa whilst watching a bit of evening telly. All you'll need is 200g plain flour, 50g caster sugar, 125g unsalted butter & any flavouring you want to add (or not, simple is good too). I have chosen to flavour mine with rose water essence this time to give a delicate floral note.
First off, preheat your oven to 170*c (a little less with a fan) 325*f or gas 3. Then mix your flour and sugar together in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until you get a rough breadcrumb consistency.

Next add your flavouring, you could try lemon, lavender or of course the classic vanilla, but as I said before I have gone for a delicate rose water. Just add a few drops into your mixture.

Ok, now form your mixture into a ball and roll out onto some greaseproof paper on a baking tray to a 1cm thickness. Try not to work the dough too much, as the less you work it, the shorter it will be. Cut into any shape you like, or leave it as one big one!!! Sprinkle with some more caster sugar and pop in the oven for 20-30 mins (or until golden).

Once baked and cooled, decorate how you like. I sometimes ice them or dip in chocolate, but this time I just sprinkled with a little edible glitter and dried flowers.
These make lovely gifts wrapped in greaseproof paper & string or just enjoyed selfishly with a fresh brew. Some of this batch did end up with a lady I met on the bus who was having a bad day (sorry to my friend Hayley who they were meant for!!!). 


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