Pistachio and lemon shortbread

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Pistachio and lemon shortbread
Pistachio and lemon shortbread
  • Makes: 12

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Pistachio nuts and lemon rind add contrast and texture to these anytime-with-a-cuppa shortbread biscuits


  • 275g (10oz) plain flour
  • 50g (2oz) cornflour
  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 100g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 10ml (2tsp) finely grated lemon rind
  • 175g (6oz) pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

Shortbread is baked at a low temperature to stop it from browning. When cooked, it should be almost white, or a light golden brown, in colour.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F, gas mark 3). Lightly grease an 18cm (7in) square cake tin and line the base with non-stick baking parchment.
  2. Mix the flour and cornflour together and sift on to a plate. Place the butter, sugar and lemon rind in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually stir in the flours and nuts, mixing to a firm dough. Press the dough into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for 25-35 mins until pale golden.
  4. Mark into 12 fingers while hot, then leave to cool in the tin. When completely cold turn out and cut into fingers.

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