Monday, 22 December 2014

Chocolate Chip Shortbread | Recipes

I have always loved baking, but I am a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. Something always goes wrong, whether it burns, gets stuck or tastes disgusting.

But, I tried to make chocolate chip shortbread this afternoon, and was pretty happy with the result (well one batch was okay!).

They only used three ingredients (plus the chocolate chips) and were actually surprisingly easy to make - but I'll get onto the things that I did wrong later! 

125g Butter
55g Caster Sugar
180g Flour
Chocolate Chips

1. Combine the sugar and butter together until it is smooth - it helps to cut up your butter into little chunks and keep it out of the fridge for a little while.

2. Stir in the flour and add the chocolate chips - it will take a while to combine it, and don't be scared to use your hands.

3. Use your hands to combine it into a ball of dough. It shouldn't be too wet, there is no need to add any water. The butter should combine it together.

4. Flatten with hands - if you are using cookie cutters (which I advise) use a rolling pin until the dough is just under a cm thick.

5. If you aren't using cookie cutters, take a small amount from the dough and roll into a small ball. Flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray. Continue until all the dough it used.

 6. Prick the shortbread with a fork and sprinkle with caster sugar

7. Place in the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes

8. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas mark 5)

9. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden on top

10. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle more sugar (optional)

11. EAT!

Okay.. so they weren't a complete disaster - just a few odd bits. The paler ones were actually pretty burnt on the bottom which was a shame (but I managed to scrape some of it off). I also advise to use cookie cutters (but I left mine at uni!). I did attempt to do cut a star though!

Happy Baking!


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