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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Butter Biscuits

I had to bake something today, but when I looked in the fridge, I realised that I had no milk or eggs. Being too lazy to head to the shop, this lack of ingredients limited my baking options, so I decided to make some butter biscuits. These are a simple biscuit to make, yet they're the equivalent of any shop-bought shortbread I've ever had.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and line some baking trays with parchment.

240 g butter, cubed
150g castor sugar (although I used a mix of brown and castor sugar)
360g plain flour

Use a food processor to mix all ingredients to a crumbly dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough to bring it together. I split my dough into two parts, keeping one half plain, and adding chocolate chunks to the other half.

Flatten out the mixture to about 5mm thick and cut into desired shapes. Transfer onto the baking trays and bake for at least 10 mins before checking. You may need to cook for another 5-10 mins depending on size, but the biscuits should be taken out when lightly golden. Leave to cook on the tray for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. To really bring these biscuits into the luxury zone, melt some chocolate and half dip each biscuit into the chocolate.


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