Wednesday, 31 March 2010


This recipe for shortbread (hardly a recipe, it's so simple) is my kids absolute favourite. I make it week in, week out and they devour it. They prefer it plain but you can add so many different flavourings to the mix. I like chopped nuts and a bit of cinnamon.
The children love rolling out the mix and cutting their favourite shapes. I really enjoy watching their little faces full of concentration and glee at each shape they produce. Some of the dough never makes the oven, it gets pulled, squished and thrown about, but that's all part of their fun!

Plain Shortbread:

125g cold butter cubed (I'm a big fan of Sainsbury's Unsalted English Butter at the moment)
55g caster sugar
180g plain flour
pinch salt

Preheat your oven to 170oc, 150oc fan oven.

Throw all the ingredients in the food processor and let your machine do the hard work. When the dough has come together into a ball you are ready to roll.

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1.5/2cms thick and then cut out whatever shapes you like.

Place the shapes on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 5-10 mins depending on your oven. The biscuits should be just turning golden around the edges.

Leave to cool for a few minutes on their trays and then carefully remove to wire racks to cool completely.