Granny's Shortbread

Granny's Shortbread

Granny's Shortbread

My Granny passed away recently; this recipe is for my family.
Her gift to me was a love of cooking and caring for those around us – tummy first.  She made these biscuits every Christmas in staggering quantities, all mixed by hand.  She always made sure everyone in the family had an ample supply of these lovely shiny little gems for the holiday season, all buttery and sweet.

Thank you Granny for sharing your kitchen with me since I was a little girl, you taught me a lot.  I cooked these for you when you were laid to rest and you were with me in the kitchen.

¼ cup caster sugar
140 grams butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1 ½ cups plain flour
½ cup rice flour
2 tablespoons custard powder
1 packet of glace cherries

Preheat the oven to 180° C. 

Granny's Shortbread

Cream the butter and sugar until it is very pale and fluffy then add the milk and vanilla and combine well.
Add the flours and custard powder a little at a time and mix only until the dough comes together.  

Leave the dough to rest for a few minutes  while you cut your cherries in half (and only half!  Don't be stingy and try to cut them smaller it just isn't generous enough).

Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.  Press the balls down with a fork, then press a half cherry into each biscuit.
Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10-15 minutes, allowing the bottoms to brown just slightly.

Cool on a wire rack and store in an air-tight jar.

These store well, make a marvellous present as well as looking very Christmassy!