Classic Kiwi Shortbread Biscuits: A Buttery Delight

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New Zealand shortbread is legendary for its melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich, buttery flavor. This recipe delivers all that and more, with a simple approach that yields perfect results every time. No fancy ingredients or difficult techniques are required – just a few basic pantry staples and some love for baking.

Ingredients:

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1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer for this step or a good old-fashioned hand whisk.
    3. Sift the flour and salt together in a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Don’t overmix, or your shortbread will become tough.
    4. Gently press the dough into the prepared baking sheet, spreading it evenly. You can use a spatula or the back of your spoon to achieve a smooth surface.
    5. Using a fork, prick the top of the dough all over to create small indentations. This allows steam to escape while baking and prevents the shortbread from puffing up.
    6. Bake the shortbread for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center is just set. Resist the urge to peek at the oven too often – opening the door can cause the shortbread to collapse.
    7. Let the shortbread cool completely on the baking sheet before cutting into squares or desired shapes.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 180

  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 1g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on a single serving. Actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion:

    This New Zealand shortbread recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for afternoon tea, a gift for friends and family, or simply a delicious treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. With its simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, it’s a great recipe for bakers of all skill levels.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use salted butter in this recipe?

    Yes, you can use salted butter in this recipe. However, you may want to omit the added salt (½ teaspoon) or reduce it to ¼ teaspoon to avoid making the shortbread too salty.

    2. How long will the shortbread stay fresh?

    Properly stored in an airtight container at room temperature, your New Zealand shortbread will stay fresh for up to a week.

    3. Can I freeze the shortbread dough?

    Absolutely! Shape the dough into a disc, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and then place it in a freezer-safe container. Frozen shortbread dough can be stored for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

    4. What are some variations on this recipe?

    This recipe is a great base for all sorts of flavor variations. You can add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for a different twist.

    5. My shortbread turned out crumbly. Did I do something wrong?

    A slightly crumbly texture is characteristic of good shortbread. However, if your shortbread seems excessively crumbly, it could be due to overmixing the dough. Remember, you want to just combine the ingredients until they come together – don’t overwork it!