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Friday, 6 February 2015

Heart Shaped Shortbread

As a self confessed romantic, when in Sainsburys last weekend, I couldn't resist snapping up these adorable heart shaped cookie cutters.  I have many ambitious plans for them (including heart shaped fried eggs - one to try this weekend), but last night on a whim I decided to whip up some shortbread biscuits. Of course this was not remotely related to Valentines Day..






I followed a simple recipe for my shortbread as follows:

Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 175g soft butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Preheat the oven to 130°.
It couldn't be easier to create the biscuit dough - all you need to do it rub together the ingredients until it is one.

Roll out to your desired thickness.  I recommend between the thickness of a pound coin and the height of a pencil on it's side.

Use a cookie cutter or sharp knife to make your biscuit shapes; sprinkle with sugar; place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bung in the oven.

It is recommended to bake them for 1 1/2hours until golden and firm.  I baked mine for 1hr & 50mins as my tricky oven requires a little guess work on the temperature!






When cooked, remove from the oven and leave on the tray for 15 minutes or so before transferring to a rack until they are cool to the touch.







The shortbread is lovely and crumbly - particularly nice with a cup of tea and an episode of my new favourite program Call the Midwife. Late to the party I know!

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