I like shortbread. Now, this recipe won't turn out a biscuit as good as a "Walkers" biscuit, but it isn't bad. And it is very easy to make.
You will need the following ingredients:
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Full list of instructions:
Next, add your butter or margarine. As you can see from the picture, I am using one of these
synthetic spreads - "Utterly Butterly". Which you choose depends upon taste.
Whichever type you choose, it must be softened. You can do this by wrapping the required amount in clingfilm and leaving it out on the kitchen counter for a while. If you are using a mixer, you can be more tolerant about how soft the butter or margarine actually is. Most synthetic spreads can be used straight from the fridge.
Now you should add your sugar. Don't be tempted to add extra sugar if you like it sweet, you can
do this later on.
The sugar is quite hard to see in the picture. It is responsible for the peculiar texture of the butter lump.
Finally, add a pinch of salt.
If you are using a wooden spoon, plan to be at it a while...
Or you could take the easy option and use an electric mixer. If you do mix, it is likely that after a few minutes the ingredients will have formed into hundreds of tiny lumps. Keep on mixing!
When the mixture comes together in one lump and starts to stall the mixer, it is ready. This happens when the sugar is broken down. If you used caster sugar, it should happen fairly quickly (within five minutes). If you use regular sugar, it will take a little bit longer.
I have rolled out my dough on a piece of aluminium foil, because the dough and rolling board are pretty much the same colour! It is just to help you see it better in the picture.
Cut the rolled-out dough into a square shape. Place the off-cuts back in the mixing bowl. Then cut the dough square into biscuits. I chose to cut mine into biscuits approximately the size of a snack-sized Mars bar.
Transfer your cut biscuits to the baking tray. With a fork, prick the top of the biscuit on each
side. This makes it look nice.
If you want, you can sprinkle some sugar on top of the biscuits. Press the sugar into the biscuit so it doesn't fall off.
Repeat these steps until all the dough is used.
This is a good time to wash and tidy up from making the biscuits.
When the biscuits are ready, take the tray out of the oven using a towel or oven glove...
Arrange your biscuits on a plate. Put some creativity into it, don't just plonk them down...
And finally, the most enjoyable part: Eat them!
Please let me know how your biscuits turned out, and if you have come up with any ideas to improve the recipe.