Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4 and lightly grease 2-3 baking trays. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl, add the
butter and rub in with your fingertips
until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar, dates and nutmeg and mix well to evenly distribute. Add the egg yolks and mix to a dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and roll out to 5mm/1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with a biscuit or pastry cutter,
transfer to the baking trays and bake in the oven
for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
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introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or
whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.
- to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together
with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This
process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.
- The incorporation of fat into flour.Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and
forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully
incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.