I hope you are all feeling festive! I’ve been finishing off festive food hampers (check out my post on this from earlier today), wrapping some final presents, and now I’ve settled on the sofa to watch Miracle on 34th Street.
In my home-made hampers I made sure to include something I baked myself. I made a big batch of Christmas Tree shortbread for family (with a good few left over for Phill and I of course).
If you’re in the mood for some last minute Christmas Eve baking, follow this recipe and you’ll have 25 pieces of shortbread in less than an hour. The house will smell delicious and you’ll have some home-made treats for Santa Claus.
All you need are three ingredients:
250g real butter
110g caster sugar (and some extra for coating the shortbread pieces)
360g plain flour
1. Heat the oven to 190C. Break the butter up into small cubes and place in a mixing bowl along with all the caster sugar. Whisk these together until you have a smooth paste.
2. Add the flour to your butter/sugar mix and make sure everything is well mixed together.
3. Generously flour your worktop before placing your shortbread mix onto the surface. Flour your rolling pin and get rolling! Be careful not to make your shortbread too thin.
4. Now for the fun bit – get your shape cutter and get going! Place your single shortbreads on to a baking tray and scatter each one generously with some caster sugar.
5. Place your shortbread in the fridge for 20 minutes and then place in the oven for a further 15/20 minutes until they are a pale golden colour.
6. Leave your shortbread to cool before eating/storing/setting out for Santa.
This Ikea mixing bowl with lid is a fab invention! It reduces the amount of mess I make whilst baking!
Be generous with the caster sugar!
Santa will be pleased.
A lovely home-made Christmas gift.