Classic Scottish Shortbread

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    30 minutes

    Very simple, only three ingredients, but very addictive. This recipe doesn't make a huge batch because it is not as good the next day.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) plain flour
    • 1/3 cup (90g) white sugar
    • 185g butter

    Directions
    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Blend all ingredients well. Dough will be stiff.
    3. Press into a 23cmx23cm buttered cake pan. Prick top with a fork. Mark into 24 squares.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until pale golden brown on the edges. Whilst still warm cut into squares.

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    4

    my kids loved this recipe, but my hubby who is a HUGE shortbread fan only rated it 3/5.  -  04 Jul 2011

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    277

    If you WEIGH 2oz sugar, 4oz butter and 6oz flour for a round pan this is PERFECT. Simple and AUTHENTIC recipe - trust me the generations of home shortbread makers in Scotland will tell you the same thing! Thank you for this great recipe. (Use your hands and mix then plop into pan and press in, prick with fork, cook on 300 degrees for thirty minutes and when it starts to BROWN slightl it will be ready. Cut when still cooling and sprinkle sugar on top). PERFECT.  -  12 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    135

    This shortbread recipe has made me famous around the neighborhood. The best part of this recipe is that it is a quick and easy make with ingredients I usually have around the house that is super delicious. One tip I learned from a French chef that makes this recipe even better than it already is: when adding the butter to the flour and sugar, it helps if you chill the butter first and then cut it up into small cubes (I cut the butter in half lengthwise twice and just chop from there). Then, with your fingertips, knead the butter into the flour and sugar. The idea here is not to end up with dough but rather crumbs. If you start to end up with dough, you should put the dough in the refrigerator a while to let it cool down. After you end up with crumbs, you should let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before baking (half the time I skip this step though). Additionally, as someone else has already said, wait to cut the shortbread until it's cooled because it comes out of the oven very soft and will crumble if you cut it just after it comes out of the oven.  -  18 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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