Phil Vickery’s cardamom shortbreads Recipe

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  • Vegetarian

makes:

12

Skill:

medium

Total Time:

00:35

Prep:

00:20

Cooking:

00:15
(plus pastry chilling time)

Phil Vickery’s cradamom shortbreads put a lovely twist on a classic recipe using aromatic cardamom cooking seeds, which give them a kick of Indian flavour. These are the perfect dipping biscuits so make sure to serve them alongside a hot cup of tea, and be warned – friends and family are going to want more so make sure you have enough to go round! Shortbreads are always a favourite, let alone these that have a little extra something in them!

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz) plain flour
  • 115g (4oz) cornflour
  • 225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 55g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 55g (2oz) icing sugar, sieved
  • 12 green cardamoms

Method

  • Sieve the flour and cornflour together.

  • Beat the butter and sugars together in a bowl until soft and fluffy.

  • Split open the cardamom pods and place the seeds into a pestle and mortar and grind to a powder. Add the cardamom powder to the butter and sugar mixture along with the flour and cornflour and then knead well to make a dough. Shape into a ball then flatten and wrap in cling film. Chill for about 15 mins.

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease 2 baking sheets.

  • Roll out the dough to about 5mm (¼”) thick then use a 7cm (2¾”) diameter cutter to cut out the biscuits.

  • Place on the baking sheets then bake for about 12-15 mins, or until pale golden brown. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheets before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

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Cardamons work well with the sharpness of lemons. If you're feeling adventurous, why not add in the zest of a lemon to your shortbread mixture at step 3?