Shortbread certainly takes you back to sunshine mornings baking in Grandma’s kitchen, and its melt-in-your-mouth texture is something that most tend to appreciate. Aside from its popularity, shortbread can be made up to a month in advance and stored in an airtight container, making it the ideal DIY guest favour. But enough chatter – let’s get to the sweet stuff:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/3  cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • 3 1/3 cups cake flour

How to make ‘em:

  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease a large flat baking pan, and be sure to line the base with baking paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy – approximately 2 minutes, using an electric beater.
  • Add the salt and vanilla essence, and beat/mix again until combined.
  • Gradually add the flour, a cup at a time, to the mixture while still mixing/beating at a low speed until blended.
  • Turn the dough out onto the prepared baking tray, and press it down lightly until the mixture is smoothed out to the desired thickness.
  • Cut the dough into squares or fingers, using a sharp knife. Prick the surface with a fork or make decorative patterns.
  • Bake for approximately 70 to 80 minutes, or until a pale golden colour. Do not over-bake.
  • Once baked, allow the biscuits to cool slightly in the pan, before turning it out onto a wire rack. Carefully break the shortbread along the cut lines, or slice with a sharp knife if necessary.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, these mouth-watering shortbread biscuits can be dipped in chocolate, decorated with sprinkles, cut into shapes and flavoured with essence in just about any way – so start practicing and experimenting today!

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