Nanny’s is best

Shortbread. I have been making shortbread for most of my life, with my Nanny J first and then later at school, and now it is a quick and easy base for puddings or a snack for the crew.

Just 3 ingredients: plain flour, caster sugar and butter.

However, there is much contention over how to combine these three simple things.

So, I have a challenge for you. Which one do you find is best?

First:

180g flour, 125g butter (salted), 55g caster sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and pale yellow (like in a cup cake mix). Stir in the flour to make a smooth paste, turn out onto a flat surface and roll out gently until about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds or fingers and place on a tray, put the tray in the fridge for 20 mins. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins (until golden brown) at 190 C.

Second (and traditionally for me):

150g plain flour, 100g salted butter, 50g caster sugar

Rub the flour and the butter together to make crumbs (like a crumble mix). Stir in the sugar and work the mix together into a ball. Knead lightly, roll out and pat smooth. Slide onto a baking sheet and score lightly. Bake at 160 C for 30 mins. Cut while still warm.

Nanny J's Shortbread

I have tried both in the last few weeks and though equally quickly devoured by the crew, I still prefer my Nanny’s recipe (no. 2). Which one do you use?

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