Crumbly and rich these are always a hit and go down very well as gifts. 

150g plain flour

125g salted butter, refrigerated 

50g caster sugar

  • Sift flour into a large bowl and add the sugar.
  • Cube the butter, add to the other ingredients and rub until you have a mixture that resembles breadcrumbs. 
  • Knead the mixture until it all comes together. 
  • Form into a log, wrap in baking paper and pop into the fridge for at least an hour, the longer the better.
  • Preheat oven to gas mark 2. 
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper. 
  • Using a sharp knife, slice up the log into pieces around 1cm thick. 
  • Lay well spaced onto the baking tray.
  • Bake for around 50-60 minutes until the shortbread is a light golden colour.
  • Use a fish slice to carefully transfer the shortbreads onto a wire rack, they will be very delicate. 
  • Leave to cool and harden.