150g plain flour

100g butter or baking fat/block

50g caster sugar


Weighing scales, mixing bowl, flour dredger, rolling pin, pallete knife, baking tray, knife, fork, oven gloves, cooling rack.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C or gas mark 3.
  2. Place the flour, sugar and fat into the bowl.
  3. Rub together firmly using your hands until the mixture forms a ball.
  4. Place the dough on a floured work surface and roll out the shortbread into a circle.
  5. Transfer onto the baking tray.
  6. Mark the shortbread into 8 pieces, prick with a fork and crimp the edges.
  7. Wearing oven gloves, place the baking tray into a hot oven. 
  8. Bake the shortbread for 10 - 15 minutes, until golden brown. 
  9. Wearing oven gloves, remove the shortbread from the oven.  Allow to cool and then place onto a cooling rack.

Top tips:

  • Add the zest of a lemon, lime or orange for an extra twist.
  • Why not add some dried fruit or spice?


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