I love Shortbread, in all its forms. I started to bake it when I was about 13 for my father as he loved it so much, then it was plain shortbread, now I have a tendency to add other flavours, such as this one with lemons or sometimes in summer I like to add English lavender flower seeds, or sometimes I like to add ground coffee.
Lemons are very plentiful at the moment and my little lemon tree is groaning with the weight of the fruit so I am finding ways to use them in all my cooking.
- 200 gm (7oz)butter,
- ½ cup(4oz) castor sugar,
- grated rind of 1 lemon (NB lime is nice too, or a mix.)
- 2 cups (8oz) plain flour sifted,
- ½ cup desiccated coconut.
Beat butter and castor sugar and rind till light, Work in flour and coconut, but not over work! Roll out to 1cm (¼ inch) thick and cut into shapes of your fancy.
Bake 20 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius , cool on tray.