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An easy to make plain shortbread recipe

Cold  Vegetarian  Biscuits  Cookies   Baked Fayre   Teatime  Short Bread  Eggless


150g/5oz Plain Flour

50g/2oz Caster Sugar

100g/4oz Butter

Caster sugar for dredging




1. Preheat the oven to 150C, 300F, Gas mark 2 and grease a baking tray. Place the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl and work the butter into the dry ingredients by squeezing gently with one hand, keeping the fat in one piece until the mixture binds together.


2. Turn the dough on to a lightly floured board, divide evenly into 2 and press each piece into a round shape. Roll each lightly to 12mm/1/2inch thickness, still keeping the round shape.


3. Crimp the edges with the finger and thumb, mark each round into 6-8 sections with a knife and prick the surface with a fork.


4. Place the rounds on the greased baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for about 45 minutes, until firm and lightly browned.


5. When the shortbreads are cooked, lift them carefully onto a wire rack and dredge with caster sugar.


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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - 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.

Rub in -  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.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


Mixing Bowl

Wooden Spoon

Wire Rack


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