inspiration2021/02/03

Mabes Makes: Valentines Shortbread

Photographs by Mabel Lloyd

Treat someone special (or yourself) to these delicious valentines shortbreads.  A super easy recipe with just 5 ingredients! You can add extras like lemon zest or crushed pistachio nuts to make them extra special but below is the simple version.

Biscuits:
  • 160g plain flour

  • 100g soft, unsalted butter

  • 75g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 free range egg yolk (no egg white)

Icing:
  • 100g icing sugar

  • Pink food colouring

Method:

      1. Preheat the oven to 170c

      2. Begin by making breadcrumbs in your hands with the flour, butter and sugar

      3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla with your hands, forming a dough

      4. Once well mixed, leave to rest for about 10 mins

      5. Roll out on a floured surface approx 1cm thick and cut into shapes

      6. If you don't have a heart shape cutter, create the shape with a piece of thick card and cut around the shape with a sharp knife

      7. Sprinkle the biscuits in a little caster sugar

      8. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for around 10 mins until very slightly golden

      9. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before placing biscuits on a cooling rack

     10. Make the icing by mixing the sugar with a splash of water and a small drip of the colouring- you want it to be fairly thick so that it holds nicely on the biscuit 

     11. Decorate the biscuits once they have completely cooled. You can either use a piping bag or a small teaspoon for a more rustic look!

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