Sometimes I have a deep strong urge to have biscuits. I don’t usually have packets in the flat so it inevitably leads to baking my own. Shortbread is one of my go-to recipes as it is easy and always delicious. You can alter the recipe too by adding bits like nuts, chocolate, seeds, and so on, as it is a good base. You can also use caster sugar or icing sugar to get a slightly crumblier texture with the former than the latter. However, this is if you aren’t staunchly conservative about how shortbread should be made, i.e. traditionally. I once made”disco ball shortbread” by adding silver sugar balls which was quite fun and silly (picture at the end) .
This recipe takes 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake so from urge to satisfaction can be as little as 30 minutes!
What you need:
75g walnut pieces
250g plain flour
175g unsalted butter, softened
85g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
50g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
What you need to do:
1. Heat the oven to 180C.
2. Roast the walnuts in the oven for 5 minutes, remove and set aside.
3. Beat the softened butter with a wooden spoon until it is really soft and smooth.
4. Add the icing sugar, dessert spoon at a time, and mix it in until it is blended well with the butter.
5. Add the half teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix that in well.
6. Add the flour and blend it with the buttery mixture, adding the nuts as you mix.
7. Take pieces of the dough, around the size of a ping pong ball, and flatten them into circles at about a centimetre thickness.
8. Place them on a greaseproof lined baking tray, not too close together, and bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn the trays around half way through so the shortbreads bake evenly.
9. Once the shortbreads are lightly golden, remove them from the oven and allow to cool.
10. Melt the chocolate over a gentle heat and drizzle it over the shortbreads and voila, they are ready to satisfy the urge!
Disco ball shortbread!