Shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert that consists of only three basic ingredients and is easy to make. The ingredients are flour, sugar and butter.

Did you know that Shortbread was chosen as the United Kingdom’s representative for Café Europe during the 2006 Austrian presidency of the European Union?

Here is the recipe for these delicious biscuits.


125g/4oz butter
55g/2oz caster sugar
180g/6oz plain (wheat) flour

Preparation method

Beat the butter and the sugar together in a bowl until smooth.

Stir in the wheat flour until you get a smooth paste. Put the paste on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is around 1cm/½in thick.

Cut into fingers and place them onto a baking tray. When they are on the tray, sprinkle the fingers with icing sugar and chill them in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

Bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until they are pale golden-brown. When they are done, put them on a wire rack for cooling.

In the past Shortbread was expensive and reserved as a luxury for special occasions such as Christmas and weddings, but these days you can enjoy them every day if you would like to!


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