How to make shortbread

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There is nothing nicer than a slice of buttery, crumbly shortbread to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee and it is simplicity itself and so quick to make. This is our classic recipe but there are many variations, some made with semolina, some with cornflour and others just plain flour. We’ve used a little ground rice in this recipe as it gives a nice crisp biscuit with just a little crunchy texture.

To make the best tasting shortbread use the finest butter you can afford as this is where the flavour comes from!

Scottish shortbread is traditionally made in a round wooden mould, often decorated with thistles, or pressed into a fluted metal flan tin. And, when marked and broken into triangles are known as petticoat tails. To make shortbread fingers press the mixture into an 18 cm square tin and mark it into fingers so that it can be cut or broken into bars once baked. it is best to mark the shortbread with the back of a knife before baking then cut again as soon as the biscuits come out of the oven, then allow to cool so it will snap easily.

If you want to make the mixture in advance, roll the dough into a sausage shape, wrap in cling film and chill. It will keep in the fridge for several days. When ready to bake cut into thick slices, place on a baking tray and bake for about 25 mins until golden.

Ingredients

  • 115g butter at room temperature
  • 50g golden caster sugar plus extra to dust
  • 125g plain flour
  • 50g ground rice