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Basic Dough for Shortbread Biscuits or Cake Base

by Finy (follow)
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The recipe for this has been handed down from my European grandmother! I have been using it for almost 50 years now, and it never fails.

It is a basic recipe that I make and freeze half of, and can be used for either shortbread biscuits, or a base for any cake - much nicer than shop-bought pastry.

I have used coconut sugar, but I think it is a nicer colour if you use ordinary caster sugar.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes plus 10 minutes fridge time
Cooking Time: about 7 minutes
Makes: 35 biscuits/2 cakes bases

Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg
About 150 g butter, softened to room temperature
cup sugar

Method
In a large bowl, mix the two flours, egg, and sugar.
Continue kneading until it becomes one large ball of dough - this could take about 10 minutes.



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Put this in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
Separate this into halves, and freeze half to use at a later date as a cake base - great for things like cheese cake.
Preheat oven to 160 fan forced, or 180 ordinary.
On a floured surface, roll half out with a rolling pin.



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Cut into any shape - I have a variety of cutting moulds, as can be seen on the photo.



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You can use a glass if you do not have these moulds


Put them on a lined baking tray, and do the same with the rest of the dough. You can then brush them with milk or egg, if you want a glossy finish on the top.

Bake for about 7 minutes, or till they just start to turn golden.



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Allow to cool on wire rack, and serve.



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Served with my almond biscuits


Categories
#Basic sweet dough
#Shortbread biscuits
#Cake base
#Back to Basics Competition
#Afternoon tea
#Sweets
#Easy
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