Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Simple Shortbread

I love shortbread. I have been known to start making it at 9.30pm when the notion takes me!
This is the recipe I use - there are many others out there but this one works for me.

250g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
225g butter
100g caster sugar

(preheat oven to 170)

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.
In another bowl mix the butter and sugar until they're sort of frothy.
Combine the frothy mix with the flour mixture to form a dough. If it gets awfully warm you can chill it for 10 minutes.

Roll out to about 1cm or thereabouts thick and either use cutters to make nice shapes or what I do is push it into a mould I have of a thistle! It's actually a butter mould but it works fine for shortbread - a light dusting of icing sugar stops it sticking.

Cook for 25 minutes. ( I find that recipes will say to cook for a lot less time than this - but when I try for less they're never cooked)

I don't think they'll last long


  1. straight to my heart... fondness childhood memory's involve shortbread my maiden name was grant Scottish heritage I'm proud of... xxxx

  2. Oh yum, I have never had homemade shortbread, and I'll bet it's delicious... ooo I'm not sure I need to know how to make this though!

  3. Will give it a try thanks Laura.
    I have a large Thistle shortbread mold, but your little ones look cute!

  4. Oh, homemade shortbread....divine.

  5. Oooo! My lady said she's be right over but that would take her a looong time since she's way up in New York! Tee hee She LOVES shortbread. I like the pattern too!

  6. I've never made shortbread myself, but I do enjoy eating it. This looks within the range of my cooking ability! Yours turned out so striking from your mould! So cute and I am positive so delicious!

  7. I think I need to make some of these soon.

  8. Cressy7:48 pm

    Oh that reminds me of lovely smells from my grandma's kitchen in the Highlands, when she was making shortbread or butteries or tablet. Looks scrumptious!

  9. I'm about to try this, but... just want to check about the "frothy" butter. Do you mean that you are creaming the sugar with softened butter or do you use melted butter. Can't wait to try!

  10. Hi there, yes, the butter just softened - happy baking! xx

  11. Oh, those are lovely! I had a beautiful shortbread baking dish, but it didn't make it across the water with me. Mum has it in her kitchen though. Maybe I'll get it down here one day!

  12. had to make more this week as we scoffed the lot!

    Melanie that happened to us with a Le Creuset (sp) oven dish - packers didn't see it and we only noticed it after the container left - Lloyd was very upset! We gave it to my brother who uses it all the time so at least it went to a good home - its massive and weighs an awful lot so I'm afraid it will be staying in Scotland.

  13. batch in the oven now, nom nom nom

  14. Made these today. So yummy!


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