Monday, 17 September 2012


I thought I would sneak you an extra post occasionally - a little off the topic but worth recording.

Birthday season has arrived in my family. My brother's birthday comes first, and while we didn't have a family celebration this year, I made him some shortbread on the weekend and we sat round on the floor with our kids to eat it. Reuben ordered candles and singing, so it felt like a real party.

Mum's Shortbread

1/2 pound of butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornflour
2 cups flour

Soften butter then add sugar and beat until creamy.
Add flours and mix.

Press in to a greased, lined tin, using the bottom of a glass to smooth the surface.

Bake at 150 degrees for 35-40 mins.

To do what I've done here, add in the juice of a mandarin to the buttery mixture, and an extra shake of flour. Top shortbread with mandarin zest and a sprinkle of fine grated chocolate.


  1. Yum fest! Made this with Little O today and we love it. We put, at your inspired suggestion Angela, orange zest (along with juice) in the actual mixture as well as on top - adds a new dimension and something special to shortbread. Had a spot of bother working out when it was cooked (just due to my ignorance) so decided to leave it till going teensy bit brown round edges and this did the trick. Easy for kids to make and we'll definitely make it again, thanks for a great recipe!!

  2. Ditto for the additions - brilliant.


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