Another shortbread recipe, for those who like their shortbread cookies…
160 grams of Butter or Margarine
250-300 grams of Self-Raising Flour
125 grams of Icing Sugar(Powdered Confectioners Sugar)
Pinch of Salt
Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Zest of both 1 Lemon and Lime
Pour the flour, and icing sugar into a bowl and cut half a block of butter into the flour. The butter should have been standing at room temperature for at least half an hour. Rub the flour, sugar and butter together, crumbling the ingredients using the tips of your fingers. The butter should soften even more while you are doing this.
Grate the lime and lemon zest add vanilla extract, and rub together again. Make up about 200mls of warm water, and add some to the dough mixture, just enough to bind the mixture into a dough, and soften the butter. Knead into a ball, which should be smooth and pliable. Break off some of the dough, and flour the surface lightly, and roll the dough out to a desirable thickness(I have made mine thin, but you could make the dough thicker.). Use cookie cutters and place the cookies in a teflon coated baking tray. Bake on 150 degrees, for upto 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. This makes around 25 cookies(Maybe more!) and keeps in a cookie tin for upto a month…. If you can stop yourself, eating them with tea everyday!! Enjoy!