Happy Sunday everyone! I can’t quite believe we’re at the end of the first full week of December, and that we’ve survived this far into Blogmas! If you’re looking for something festive to do today, I have just the suggestion for you.
I suppose you all thought I had crashed and burned at Blogmas today when this didn’t go live at the usual time… just keeping you on your toes! No, I’ll be honest – I’m feeling more than a little rough after a good work night out last night. But anyway, on we go!
If you’re anything like me, your Pinterest is filled with all the Christmas foods and decorations you’ve seen and want to try your hand at, but never got around to it. Well, today I’m sharing my experience of it with you! I decided enough was enough, and I was going to try my hand at some of the Christmas Baking I had seen online. Well, that was the intention… instead, I made shortbread!
- 225g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 225g plain white flour
- 125g ground almonds
- Allow the butter to come to room temperature.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.
- Sift the flour, ground almonds, and a pinch of salt together onto the mixture before stirring in using a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Gather the dough together with your hands, and place on a clean worktop.
- Knead the dough lightly until it forms a ball, then wrap it in clingfilm and place in the fridge until firm.
- Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll out onto the baking tray about 2cm thick.
- Mark with a knife roughly where you will be cutting the shortbread, and feel free to put a little design on! As you can see in the pictures below, I decided to put little spots on mine this time, although I normally leave it plain.
- Bake at roughly 180ºC for 15-20 minutes (again, only you know your oven!)
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into your desired shape – I’ve gone with rectangles, but you could cut triangles or anything!
And there you have it! Do you like making shortbread? Or do you have a recipe you always like to crack out around this time of year? Let me know in the comments below!