This recipe makes my flat smell insanely good and is easy peasy. Plus, getting to cut the biscuits out of the dough is almost as much fun as messing about with play-do, in fact more fun as the results are infinitely tastier…
To Buy: *150g plain flour *100g salty butter *50g golden caster sugar (and a pinch extra if you want to sprinkle on top.
1. Preheat the oven to 150Oc/ gas mark 2 or about 130Oc if you have a fan oven.
2. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Take the butter (which should be soft and chopped into chunks) and rub with your fingers with the flour to make crumbs.
3. Stir in the sugar and then really work the mixture until it forms a ball. Knead it on a clean worktop until it is smooth and holds together well.
4. Roll out so that it is about as thick as your thumb. Use whatever cookie-cookers you like to make the biscuits and carefully transfer to a greased or lined baking tray.
5. Pop in the oven and bake for about thirty minutes. The shortbread will look pale and will crispen slightly when cool.
I like to dip about half of my shortbread in chocolate – dairy milk works well as it tastes suitably oldschool – or sprinkle with sugar whilst they’re hot and fresh out of the oven. Perfect for cold days when you want to make like a granny and drink tea with a blanket on your lap.