Buttery shortbread bits

Question: What do you when you’re craving something buttery and sweet?

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Also, it’s raining like the world is ending outside, and you’re as tired as rat after a long day.

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Oh, and you don’t have any fancy things in the fridge. So no- I can’t eat a bar of 80% cacao organic dark chocolate with a macadamia nut and marzipan filling.
(Does this chocolate exist only in my dreams?)

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Answer: You make shortbread!!

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I was seriously in shock when I looked at this recipe.

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3 ingredients.
Flour. Butter. Sugar.

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How simple. How perfect.

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Why did I expect anything different from the goddess of comfort baking?

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This shortbread takes less than five minutes to prepare. Add to that the 10 minutes or so in the oven, and you’re set.

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They can be made to look elegant of course, but I was in a hurry.

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Fresh from the oven, you don’t even have to bite into them. They melt in your mouth. And you’re left with the most dreamy, wonderful, comforting aftertaste, of butter and a delicate sweetness.

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Shortbread bits

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Adapted from: (Nigella’s Easy Shortbread)

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Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10-15 mins
Makes: about 20 medium sized bits

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Ingredients:

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150g plain flour, unsifted
110g butter (salted is fine), melted and cooled
50g icing sugar, plus a little bit for dusting

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Method:

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1. Preheat the oven to 160º C.
2. Mix the butter and sugar together, till there are no lumps. Add the flour a little at time. Mix with your hands and knead gently. Form into a smooth ball.
3. Roll out to about 1/2cm thickness and cut out shapes with cutters, or just slice the dough (if you’re like me) into strips of different sizes.
4. Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 10-15 mins. Remove from the oven and dust lightly with icing sugar. Let it cool slightly before you eat 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Buttery shortbread bits

  1. These look amazing! And so simple to make–just flour, butter, & sugar! You can’t go wrong with those ingredients! I think I’ll try these when I get home today. 🙂

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