If there’s one bake I have to make to get me in the Christmas spirit, it’s homemade Shortbread. It reminds me of my childhood, and my Mom and both grandmother’s baking it. Dredged in Caster Sugar, this crisp and buttery Shortbread is delicious with a cup of coffee or mug of steaming tea, or to follow after your Christmas meal! It’s super easy, and is guaranteed to go down a treat. Santa will be very happy to have some of this after a night travelling the globe #justsaying.
This recipe is easily doubled to make you two rounds, or 24 wedges.
500ml flour (2 cups)
25ml (2 tbsp.) Maizena
Pinch of salt
200ml icing sugar
5ml vanilla essence
Caster Sugar for dredging at the end
Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Sift the flour, Maizena, salt and icing sugar together. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly then add the vanilla, kneading well. Roll or compress the Shortbread to about 12mm onto an ungreased loose bottom of loose-bottom 23cm round cake tin. Crimp the edges of the Shortbread with a fork, and prick well (as you can see, Buggy took this job very seriously, but hey, that’s baking with kids!) and mark into 12 wedges with a knife. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, remove and let it crisp on the loose bottom of the tin for an additional 5 minutes, before cutting into wedges and dredging with caster sugar.
It’s super simple, and a great recipe to involve the kids in. Soph had a ball rubbing in the butter to make crumbs, and then taste-testing everything of course! Store in an airtight container once cooled.
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