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This shortbread is a wonderful thing. It has a crunchy texture that melts in the mouth, it is almost too easy to make and, with its rich buttery taste, one piece is never enough.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12 – 24 pieces


  1. Heat the oven to 170°c.
  2. Weigh out all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    the ingredients
  3. Using the ends of your fingers, rub the butter into the other ingredients until it becomes like breadcrumbs. Alternatively, put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend them until they resemble breadcrumbs.
    crumbing the mixture
  4. Then press the crumbed mixture together to form a ball of dough.
    the dough
  5. Roll out the dough into a square or rectangle, roughly 1½cm thick. Then put it onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
    rolling out the dough
  6. Put the baking tray into the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven and immediately cut the shortbread into pieces before it has time to cool and harden. Then sprinkle it with a generous amount of caster sugar and allow it to cool.
    cut and sugared
  8. Serve.
    the finished shortbread
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Useful Information

Can it be frozen? No.
Can it be prepared in advance? Yes, it can be finished up to 5 days in advance.
Will leftovers be nice? Yes, for up to 5 days.


- You could try adding lemon zest or vanilla seeds to the dough during stage 3.

- Shortbread goes very well when served with or crumbled over soft desserts such as icecream, parfait or pannacotta.

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