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Shortbread Recipe

I have been procrastibaking instead of working on my assignments recently, so here is my Shortbread recipe:

Ingredients

  • 200 g plain flour
  • 200 g butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 100g icing sugar (or icing mixture)
  • 100g cornflour

Recipe

Sieve the dry ingendients into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and put into the flour. Then with your fingers rub the butter into the flour mixture until it forms a dough. Roll and cut into bikkies, or roll about a tablespoon worth of dough between your palms and flatten to ~1cm thick. Place on a greased/baking paper tray and bake at 180 until golden brown. Ice if desired

Variations

Basic shortbread is always a welcome classic, but there is so much potential for variation.

  • Cinnamon/Ginger: Add a decent shake of cinnamon (powdered) with the dry ingredients, and then addd finely chopped crystalised ginger once in a dough
  • Chocolate Chip: Add as many choc chips at the dough stage as you like. I tend to add more until the bikkies lose structural integrity if more are added.
  • Chocolate: Add a shake of cocoa or drinking chocolate with the dry ingredients. Otherwise mix a dollop of nutella or similar through the final dough.
  • Chilli: A touch of chilli can give a nice zing, especially with a chocolate base. Be careful to only add a little chilli powder, as it seems to get stronger with baking.
  • In general: Try anything you want. As a general rule add powders at the dry ingredients and lumps/liquids into the dough. Be careful with liquids as even a spash can have a large impact on the textre and a little extra flour may be required to compensate.

 

PokeMaps (Pattern)

Maps of the Pokemon regions Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh based on the maps in the Pokemon Centres.

Pokemaps

PokemapsPattern

For colours I used a bright leafy green, a slightly darker jungle green, and a slightly lighter more olivy green. Water is pale blue, and borders are white and navy-ish.