Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Wholemeal Shortbread Biscuits

Biscuits we all love them don’t we? I definitely do and what better accompaniment is there to a cup of tea, after all tea and biscuits go hand in hand! This morning I decided to stick to my promise of baking more biscuits and cookies. Some recipes can be so quick and easy, with an end result that is far superior to shop-bought. I made the Wholemeal Shortbread Biscuits from Rachel Allen’s Favourite Food at Home; these golden biscuits are not too sweet or too savoury and full of wholesome goodness. If you love digestives, these are like a lighter version and simply delicious!

Tea and biscuit anyone?

Wholemeal Shortbread Biscuits

Makes about 20

75g/3oz wholemeal flour
75g/3oz plain flour
100g/4oz butter, softened
50g/2oz caster sugar

Preheat the oven to 180oC/160oC fan oven/350oF/Gas mark 4. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz until the mixture almost comes together and resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Then tip onto the work surface and bring it together with your hands. If you are not using a food processor, rub the butter into the combined flour and sugar in a bowl and bring together with your hands.

Sprinkle your work surface with a little flour (brown or white) and roll out the dough until it is about 5mm/ ¼in thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut into whatever shapes you like. Transfer onto a baking tray (no need to grease or line) and bake in the oven for 6-10 minutes depending on the size, or until they are pale golden and feel firm on top. Remove carefully and cool on a wire rack.


The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE shortbread. These look divine!

Deeba PAB said...

Hey there Maria, I love these Brilliant!!

Heather said...

Your shortbread biscuits look very good indeed - I love digestives, both the plain and the chocolate, so I'm putting these on my 'to make soon' list.

Reeni said...

I'd love to have tea and a biscuit with you! They look so buttery and delicious!

Finla said...

I have neve rmade shortbreads at home, these look so yumm and i love the cup :-)

Anne said...

They look great Maria, I love shortbread for dunking in tea!

Do you think stoneground wholemeal flour would be suitable as tend to always buy it for breadmaking...


Nickki said...

These shortbread biscuits are a favourite of mine, and yours look delicious Maria:) Sometimes I sandwich them together with raspberry jam, now that is divine! :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Mouth-watering good shortbread biscuits Maria! Any chance of a cuppa and a shortbread ;0)

Rosie x

Beth (jamandcream) said...

haven't got this rachel allen book. These look great

Maria♥ said...

Anne, I don't see why you couldn't use the stoneground wholemeal
flour ;o)

Beth, you need Rachel's Favourite Food at Home cookbook!

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments!


Sophie said...

I made these this morning! I've never attempted wholemeal shortbread before and this was such an easy recipe! Lovely texture but for some reason, mine came out tasting a bit like dough, even though I followed the recipe exactly. Going to try adding some cocoa powder next time - thanks for posting :)

Victoria said...

I'm going to give these a go this weekend!