Melt 'n Mix Shortbread

Ingredients*

150 g Bakers' Magic Gluten free flour

100 g Butter (chopped & cold)

30 g Icing sugar

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 tsp Water

 

The shortbread in this recipe are ~5 mm thick. Double the recipe if you want thicker shortbread.

 

Method

In a bowl mix together Bakers' Magic Gluten free flour & icing sugar.

Melt the butter.

Add the vanilla extract & water to the melted butter & pour this mix over the dry ingredients.

Mix until a uniform dough is formed. Transfer to a plastic bag & refrigerate for ~30 mins.

Rolling out the dough 

Bring the dough out of the fridge & allow it to soften (a little).

Put the dough on a sheet of baking paper or pastry mat. Bring it together with your hands & knead it until it is flexible.

Place the dough between two sheets of baking paper. To ensure the shortbread is even in thickness follow this tip. Find two placements (dinner setting) place them on either side of the dough (my placemats are 4 mm high). For these tree shortbread I used stainless steel spacers (5 mm) instead of placemats. The placemats can be on top of or underneath the pieces of baking paper. I find it easier to work with this dough when it is between two sheets of baking paper. When rolling out the dough ensure the rolling pin is wide enough to span the dough and part of the two top placemats. My rolling pin is large – 61 cm from handle to handle. Initially when rolling the pin may not necessarily rest on the placemats, however, when the dough is the same thickness as the placemats it will. At this stage the dough should be all the same thickness. 

Cutting & Cooking

Turn the oven on to 135 C.

Line 2 trays with baking paper.

Gently lift off the top piece of baking paper, put it back down on the dough. Holding on to both sheets of baking paper on both sides of the dough gently flip the dough over. Lift off the top piece of baking paper - do not discard. 

Using a cutter of your choice cut out the shortbread and place them on a baking tray. Use a flat knife to help transfer the cut dough to the tray. When you have cut out as many shapes as possible bring the dough together and roll it out again between the two sheets of baking paper. This dough likes to be kneaded. Continue cutting out shapes in the newly rolled dough. Repeat until you can't cut out any more shapes. 

The length of time required to bake the shortbread will depend on the size of the cutter you have used & your oven. The tree cutter I used is 5.5 cm long. I baked these for 20 mins turning the trays halfway through baking.