Classic Shortbread

It's time to start baking some Valentine's Day goodies for my loved one in Ireland...I decided to make a variety of shortbreads as they travel well and you can add so many different flavorings to them. Today I made a test batch of a shortbread recipe I found in the latest Martha Stewart magazine....

Classic Shortbread
makes 8 wedges

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the pan
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with rack in upper third of oven. Sift flour and salt into a bowl; set aside. Put butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy - 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

2. Reduce speed to low. Add flour to mixture all at once; mix until just combined.

3. Butter a 10 inch round springform pan or cake pan. Using plastic wrap, press dough evenly into pan. With plastic on dough, refrigerate 20 minutes.

4. Cut dough into 8 wedges with a paring knife. Using a wooden skewer, prick all over at 1/4 inch intervals.

5. Bake until golden brown and firm in center, about 1 hour. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Re-cut shortbread into wedges; let cool completely in pan.

One of the best parts of making this batch was that I finally had the chance to use a vintage false bottom tart pan that I bought years ago from a thrift store...I knew I'd use it someday! I enjoyed this shortbread and will use the recipe for the Irishman's V-day goodies. It's rich and decadent...I suggest you try it too!


Martin and Therese said...

Shortbread always goes down well at home so I'm sure he'll love them. Have you ever tried caramel squares, they are simply shortbread with layers of caramel and chocolate on top ? They are devine.

Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan) said...

This is my favorite shortbread recipe, and it's soooooo buttery, I love it!

Elizabeth said...

Therese...I haven't tried making those, if I did I'm afraid I'd eat them all before I got them to the post office! can literally smell the butter when you're baking rich!

Unknown said...

Classic and simple. And perfect.

I want some.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth - Oh, how I love shortbread! These look amazing, and I'm sure your Valentine will absolutely adore them!

Freya said...

Yum! I love shortbread, so moreish and wonderful dipped into hot tea!

Jann said...

This turned out very well....and lucky for you that you had that tart pan around! Like Mimi said, it is a classic and you baked it perfectly!