I have a sweet tooth. I love everything that is sugar or chocolate. I’m like my mum, although unlike me she’s never been a chocolate fan. But, for as long as I remember, shortbread has been her thing. There’s always been a box of shortbread in the biscuit cupboard. At tea time, it’s normal to hear “I’ll have a shortbread, love”. so, I thought it’s about time I baked some homemade ones!
I got out of bed at sunrise today, which is a rare occasion. I had to pop out for some plain flour, and it’s probably the earliest I’ve ever been out for months. It’s nearing winter now, and the fog was thick and heavy. It was like walking through a cloud. The top of the church spire was near to invisible. But it feels good, being out so early, while people are still asleep, and there’s barely a car on the road. Just the odd dog walker. There’s nothing like a quiet, still morning.
Warm biscuits on a cold morning are the best. Although, in my case I like making them more than eating them. Am I an anomaly? It’s just so soothing to make something from barely anything. Creating something is therapy at its finest. If I’m feeling stressed or just not myself, then the apron is on!
Oh look, it’s a stack of biscuits! I couldn’t help myself. It’s always been at the back of my mind, “next time you bake biscuits, you’ve no choice to take a picture of a biscuit tower”. I gave in to the urge. I mean, just look how irresistible they look! Can you blame me?
These are deliciously buttery, while at same time the semolina gives them the perfect crumble. And a sprinkling of caster sugar makes them look even more inviting!
225g plain flour
100g caster sugar
A little caster sugar, for sprinkling
1. Lightly grease a large tray
2. Sift the flour and semolina into a bowl. Add the butter and sugar, and rub together until the mixture starts to come together.n
3. Knead very lightly, until a smooth dough forms.
4. Chill for about fifteen minutes. Then roll out and cut out any desired shapes. Prick them all over with a fork
5. Chill until the dough is very firm.
6. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius
7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until slightly golden
8. Sprinkle with caster sugar, then allow to cool (or just eat warm!)