Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas mark 5 and lightly grease 2-3 baking
sheets. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl
and rub in the butter with your fingertips
until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar and caraway seeds and mix well. Add the egg and enough of
the ale to form a stiff paste.
Turn onto a floured surface and roll out as thinly as possible. Prick all over
with a fork then cut into rounds with a pastry
cutter. Transfer to the baking trays and
bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until golden. Cool on wire trays.
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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.