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Mine and Millie's favourite!
Member Name: milliesmum123
Advantages: Really buttery and lovely
Disadvantages: absolutely none!!
One reason why I love shortbread is that it's really easy to make and doesn't involve lots of waiting around, complicated ingredients or anything really challenging. Millie loves shortbread because she gets to cut it into cute little shapes with her pastry cutters!
This recipe is one which Millie and I make a lot. We first found it in a little cookery book we had but we've tweaked it slightly so that it is just perfect!
What you need:
You see? The ingredients are really simple, we always have them in the cupboards so we can always make these without having to take a trip to the shop :)
To make 12:
175grams of Butter (I like to use English and make sure you use salted as unsalted just doesn't taste right!)
225grams of plain flour
25grams of caster sugar
50grams of icing sugar.
The original recipe just used all caster sugar but Millie and I have found that by mainly using icing sugar it makes the end result a much lighter consistency.
Make sure that the butter is at room temperature and preheat the oven to 170 or gas mark 3. We have a fan oven so tend to put it slightly less.
Miss the flour and sugar together and then add in the butter. Use your fingers to mix it together, kind of rubbing it together gently until all of the butter has been rubbed in. This usually leaves the mixture quite crumbly but will stick together if you press it. If it isn't crumbly then you will need to add a little more caster sugar until it gives you that crumbly texture.
Then it's up to you what you do! You can either put it in a greased tin as a whole and just push it down so that it's all compacted together or you can use cutters to make the shortbread into individual shapes. This is Millie's favourite part! She loves cutting out shapes in hearts and stars and flowers with her little cutters. She then puts them on the greased tin and we sprinkle with a little bit of sugar just to make it that bit more special.
You then place in the oven. If you've done it as all one large amount then it needs about 30 minutes or until it starts to go golden. If it's in smaller pieces then it takes about 15 minutes.
Leave it to cool down and then enjoy!
We find these are lovely to eat on their own but sometimes we have been known to have strawberries and icecream with them as a special treat!
What we love about the recipe is just how simple it is and also fast! There's nothing complex about it, Millie learns so much as she measures things out and helps to rub it in until it's the desired texture. It won't be long until she can make this all by herself! Highly recommended by both of us that's for sure. It tastes lovely and buttery.