Saturday, 24 October 2009

Shortcut Shortbread

My twisters (Twitter sisters) have been talking shortbread. Here's my contribution. As usual with my favourite recipes, it's fast and furious. A few ingredients from the larder, child friendly, freezer friendly, smells heavenly and tastes divine...what more do you want? ;)

SHORTCUT SHORTBREAD

You'll need:
  • 325g plain flour
  • vanilla of some kind (vanilla powder is common in Denmark)
  • 200g butter (don't even try using margarine)
  • 125g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
Put the flour, vanilla and butter (cut into chunks) into your food processor. Switch on the motor. When it starts to look like breadcrumbs, add the sugar and egg yolks. Process again. When it starts coming together, and going round and round the blade like the motorcycle of death, stop.

Put the dough into a large plastic (freezer) bag. Roll it into a long sausage shape and either chill for about 1 hour or freeze.

When you're ready to wow guests or family with warm shortbread biscuits, preheat your oven on to 350f/175c. Remove from the plastic bag and slice finely with a sharp knife. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. They don't spread too much, so you can put them fairly close to each other. They're ready when they're just baked around the edges. Leave to cool. For a 'Last Christmas'sy-feel, sieve some icing sugar over the top.

You can eat them as they are - and they are exceedingly good - or you can stack them up for a show-off dessert. We've served ours with coffee and chocolates (at the end of dinner) and as dessert, sandwiched with fresh strawbs and whipped cream :)


Bon appétit!

I've suddenly remembered that I've a similar recipe for savoury cheese biscuits... Will go hunt down that recipe and post soon! :)

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