I've been trying various shortbread recipes this year, since it's pretty easy to whip up a batch of fresh, buttery goodness (seriously, shortbread is 3 ingredients, guys), trying to find the perfect consistency. And along the way I tried adding a few little extras to flavour - and I think this one is my favourite. Plus it's a lil' bit festive... so if you're seriously struggling for last minute gifts, how 'bout some fresh nutmeg shortbread.
100g caster sugar
300g plain flour
2 1/2 tsp nutmeg.
preheat your oven to 160C
mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
add the nutmeg (I went by eye and taste, so the measurement is more of a guide...)
gradually add the flour, using your hands to knead when it starts to clump
knead the dough lightly
roll to about 1/2cm thickness
cut out your shapes and repeat the rolling out and cutting step
put on a baking tray and pop in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden
dust with a little nutmeg or icing/powdered sugar and leave to cool
then put them in a box and wrap :D
See! So simple! If you want simple, unflavoured shortbread, take out the nutmeg completely. Or you can substitute it for other Christmas flavours, like cinnamon.
Have you made any edible presents this year? Oh and if you make some of these, tag me in photos, I'd love to see the results!
Have a super duper fabulous Christmas Day if you celebrate, and a very lovely time over the winter break if you don't~