A real lifelong favourite of mine are my mum’s shortbread biscuits. Thirty years on and she is still making them in exactly the same way. Winter is a common time of year that the family can always find some freshly baked biscuits on a rack or plate somewhere in the Kitchen or breakfast room but they can be made and enjoyed all year long. And most importantly, after a weekend visit I’m normally packed off home with half a dozen to enjoy later.
4ozs Caster Sugar (Golden or White)
8ozs Butter (Margarine can be used but doesn't have such a rich flavour)
10ozs Sifted Plain Flour
Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F Gas 4 or 170C Fan Oven.
1 Put all ingredients into a food mixer or processor and mix thoroughly until all the ingredients have come together. This may take a couple minutes or more.
2 Roll out on a floured board and cut into biscuits, or if preferred press into tins, flute the edge, mark into triangles and prick with a fork.
3 Bake for 20/30 minutes, or until lightly coloured, and cool on a wire rack. Biscuits may only take 15/20 minutes.
4 If cooked in a tin cut through marks before the shortbread cools.
5 The shortbread can be kept in a tin for 2/3 days but also freezes well.
* When my children were small I used all sorts of different shaped cutters for special occasions like birthdays, Christmas and Easter.
** If using metric measurements the figures for the ingredients are below, and then follow the recipe.
100gms Caster sugar
250gms Sifted Plain Flour