21 August 2016

Food | Tea for 2 with homemade shortbread

If you go to a local coffee shop and you get a free home baked biscuit on the side of your hot drink, it really makes my day. 

It reminds me that I should make my own biscuits if I have someone coming over for a catch up. 

They can be made in advance, usually made with ingredients you already have in your cupboard and taste extra special.

Polka Dot Lane Teapot, Ikea white cups, Milk bottle from a local home decor shop
One of the easiest biscuits you can make at home are shortbread, they can be any shape and they take 10 mins to prepare and 12 - 15 mins to bake.

What you need - (This recipe is based on one found on BBC Food but there are plenty out there from Be Ro and google of course)
Makes 40 small round biscuits or 20 larger heart shaped

360g Plain Flour 
110g Caster Sugar
250g Margarine 

Cutter of your choice
Rolling Pin
Baking parchment

Additional flour when rolling out
Additional Sugar for sprinkling

Bake at 180c

Making a little bit of mess...
I use a food mixer, but doing this by hand will work just as well. Mix the plain flour and sugar together throughly then rub the margarine in throughly until you have made a dough. 

I split the dough in half as it is easier to manage and stops it from drying out.

Cover the surface you will be rolling out on with some additional flour and also coat the rolling pin so it doesn't stick.

You choose how thick you would like them... I don't like them too thin, but you could do a mixture but you will need to consider baking the thinner ones separately as they will take less time. 

Once the shapes are placed on baking tin / sheet with parchment, sprinkle with additional sugar and then place in the oven. Initially for 10 mins then keep an eye on them, you want them to just start turning brown or you might like them pale.

Once ready, leave them on the paper to cool then place in a biscuit tin and they will be fine for at least a week.

Shortbread Hearts
Chocolate Shortbread Stars
Once cooled, enjoy with a cup of yorkshire tea and a chat with a friend :-)

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