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Shortbread with Christmas spice

Christmas spice shortbread

I made some shortbread and chutney for people to have at Christmas this year. I had had a go at making shortbread before, but it didn't really turn out quite as expected. I found a Jamie Oliver recipe, which he claimed was the best shortbread recipe in the world. Even though I didn't quite buy his bold statement, I do like his easy to follow recipes and thought that I couldn't go far wrong. This was a basic shortbread recipe which I tinkered with slightly (I can never leave things alone) to give it more of a festive edge.


  • 250g plain flour

  • 250g unsalted butter

  • 125g semolina or cornflour

  • 125g golden caster sugar

  • Finely grated zest of two oranges

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod (put the pod into a bag of caster sugar to flavour it after use or use in vanilla ice cream)

  • More caster sugar and flour for dusting

  • 8 inch square tin, greased

Simply cream the butter, sugar and orange zest together until light and fluffy, then sift in the flour and cornflour. Mix together lightly and then bring the mixture together with your hands and pat into a ball. Roll the mixture on a floured surface until it is the right size for the tin and press into the tin. Prick the top all over with a fork and cook at 150 deg centigrade for 50 minutes until slightly golden brown on top.

While the shortbread is cooking mix together a couple of tablespoons of caster sugar with the cinnamon and vanilla seeds. Once the shortbread is cooked sprinkle this over the top (it will give off the most amazing aroma). When the shortbread has cooled a little, cut into squares.

Shortbread and chutney

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Reader Comments (4)

The photograph and the packaging look quite festive. Nicely done!

February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

That looks really good. Beautiful photos.

April 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTarah

that looks just awesome! and it's a beautiful photo -- i'm drooling!

April 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaty

How beautiful are these...they look delightful.

April 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternoble pig

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