Shortbread is a type of biscuit traditionally made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour (by weight). The use of plain white (wheat) flour is common today, and other ingredients like ground rice or cornflour are sometimes added to alter the texture. Also, modern recipes often deviate from the pure three ingredients by splitting the sugar portion into equal parts granulated sugar and icing sugar (powdered sugar) and many further add a portion of salt.Shortbread is baked at a low temperature to avoid browning. When cooked, it is nearly white, or a light golden brown. It may be sprinkled with more sugar while cooling. It may even be crumbly before cooled, but will become firmer after cooling.
These crisp shortbread biscuits are extremely easy to make and have very few ingredients. They are not low in calories, but they make a delicious treat at special times of the year. Shortbread biscuits can be made in a variety of shapes. Whatever the shape you decide to use – the taste remains the same…..meltingly light and buttery. These make ideal gifts, and as they are made with butter, they last for quite a while. Pack them up in an attractive box, tin or bag and gift someone.
This recipe has been adopted from a old newspaper clipping which I used to collect as a teenager but never had the time to make it. During those time it was a fascination to collect the clippings and write in my Diary which I used to cook in free time. But the collection becomes so huge that it becomes impossible to mark which one to cook and which one to skip. Career , Marriage, Motherhood had taken a lot of of time and these treasured recipes have never made it to my To Do List……But an accidental encounter which introduced me to the world of Blogging opened this Pandora Box of Recipes. I am glad that I came to know this initiatives of Srivalli ofhttp://cooking4allseasons.blogspot.in/2013/10/cooking-from-cookbook-challenge-for.html where we have to cook from cookbook, television shows and newspaper clippings, family recipes and share with the world.