Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Orange Shortbread







I love baking over Christmas, experimenting with festive flavours, and making a whole host of baked goodies for my family to gorge on.


With varying preferences and favourite flavours, it is hard to please everyone in my family all at once, but then I came across this Scottish Shortbread Recipe from Jamie Oliver. The great thing about this recipe is that it is so simple. There is also some great flavour combinations to add something extra special, such as Chocolate, Orange and Caraway, or Lavender and Honey.

I opted for a simple orange flavour, my Dad's favourite flavour for any baked good, chocolate or sweet.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g of plain flour
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 125g of unsalted butter
  • Zest of 1 Orange
METHOD:
  1. Preheat the oven to 170c/325f / Gas Mark 3 and line some baking trays with greaseproof paper
  2. Add the flour and sugar to a bowl and mix well
  3. Rub in the butter by hand, creating a sandy texture
  4.  Add the orange zest, and incorporate, being careful not to overwork the mixture
  5. Press the dough together, and roll flat, using a little bit of flour to make sure the batter doesn't stick. (if your mixture is too dry, incorporate a little more butter)
  6. Cut out appropriately festive themed shapes ( I went for Snowmen)
  7. Bake for 20-30 mins, or until golden brown.
Serve with a cup of tea (or Eggnog if you are feeling super festive)

And to check out more beautiful flavour combinations, head over to Jamie's recipe here
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