Try my gorgeous Shortbread as a Christmas Gift.

With Christmas only a couple of days away, if you are anything like me, you are searching for that last few gift ideas.

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Each year I make shortbread for my husband to take to work as gifts. I embroider tea towels, and wrap the shortbread in the towels.  I am always worried that people will not appreciate a home made gift, however last week Edward came home and suggested that he needed another 5 to the 7 he had asked for, as a few people from his old team mentioned how much they are looking forward to the shortbread.

This year, I created another set of quick Christmas design collection – More Words on Christmas, which is a set of 10 new Christmas sayings – including a design encompassing the “selfie” phenomenon.  To celebrate this new collection, I wanted to share with you my favourite shortbread recipe.

Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 115g Rice Flour
  • 115g Castor Sugar
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 225g Butter (at room temperature)
  • Extra Castor Sugar to decorate

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Tools

  • 2 cake tins – I like round
  • Baking paper to line cake tins
  • Food processor with a blending blade
  • Aluminium Foil to wrap shortbread
  • Embroidered tea towel to wrap shortbread
  • Ribbon to tie up the shortbread

Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius
  2. Pour the Rice Flour, Castor Sugar and Plain Flour into the food processor bowl
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  3. Chop the butter into 1cm squares, and add to the food processor
  4. Pulse the butter into the flour until everything is combine
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  5. Take the baking paper and trim into a round shape, and line each of the cake tins
  6. Equally distribute the mixture into the two cake tins, and using the back of a spoon, smooth out in the tin
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  7. Take a knife and cut the shortbread into 8 equal parts
  8. Sprinkle with approximately one teaspoon of the extra Castor Sugar
  9. Bake for 40 minutes
  10. Once your shortbread has baked, leave to cool in the tin
  11. Remove the shortbread from the tin, and wrap in aluminium foil
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  12. Take the foil wrapped shortbread, and gently wrap so that the embroidered panel is showing.
  13. Take your ribbon and tie in a decorative bow around the shortbread to complete.

Embroidered Tea Towel

Requirements

Instructions

  1. Print out the template of the design you are going to embroider.
  2. Mark up the tea towel so that the design will be centred at the base of the tea towel, but still leaving approximately 1.5 inches at the bottom clear.
  3. Hoop your tea towel with TearClean Stabiliser at the back.
  4. Stitch out your design according to the colour chart.
  5. Once embroidery is completed, remove all of the excess stabiliser, and press.

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