Shortbread and Christmas are a big deal around here. As far as Ben is concerned you can't have Christmas without shortbread and by shortbread he means shortbread made by his Gran or from her recipe.
Not only is the making and having of shortbread a big deal here with us, but it extends to Ben's parents and his brother's family too.
It's become a Christmas tradition with Ben's family that his mum and dad, along with his brother and his wife and ourselves that we all attempt to cook shortbread for Christmas using Gran's recipe. Every Christmas we test each others and try to lay verdict on who we think duplicated Gran's Christmas Shortbread the best.
Although Ben fancies himself as the professional taste-tester on this matter, it really is Ben's mother that declares the winner as it is her mum who has handed down the recipe. It kind of makes her the authority on the matter since she has many more years than any of us enjoying Gran's Christmas Shortbread.
So now that I've shared a little of our Christmas crazy and tradition with you all, I thought I'd share a little more with you and give you:
GRAN'S CHRISTMAS SHORTBREAD
So if you're looking for a quick, inexpensive but thoughtful last minute Christmas gift, homemade shortbread, made with love is hard to beat, when gifted and wrapped up sweetly (perhaps in a sweet vintage biscuit tin).
210 grams of softened butter
90 grams of castor sugar
270 grams of plain flour
60 grams of cornflour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Gradually work in the sifted flours, salt and baking powder.
- Remove from bowl and flatten out until it is approximately 1cm thick and cut bust out your Christmas cookie cutter.
- Bake in a moderate (180 c) oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Bake enjoy and be merry and when the days leading up to Christmas are all a little crazy, pop the kettle on and sneak a shortbread or two and unwind.
Do you have any Christmas baking traditions or competitions with other family members?
Labels: Celebrations, family, Traditions