Recipes: Traditional Shortbread

Good old fashioned shortbread is one of my dads favourites, especially this one which is the melt in you mouth kind.

What you need:

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Grease oven trays.
  2. Beat butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy; stir in water and sifted fours in two batches. Knead on floured surface until smooth.
  3. Divide mixture in half; shape each, on separate trays, into 20cm rounds. Mark each round into 12 wedges; prick with fork. Pinch edges of rounds with fingers; sprinkle with white sugar.
  4. Bake about 40 minutes; stand 5 minutes. Using sharp knife, cut into wedges along marked lines. Cool on trays.

Tip: For a tasty variation beat 1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind into the butter and sugar mixture. Shape dough into a 30cm x 4cm rectangular log, cut into 1cm slices. Place about 3cm apart on oven trays; sprinkle with 2 tbsp raw sugar. Bake about 20 minutes. Stand 5 minutes, place onto wire racks to cool.

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