Homemade buttery lemon shortbread is a billion times better than the dry offerings in tartan tins at Christmas. This version with its citrus zing is perfect for afternoon tea on this beautiful spring day or for a summery picnic on a blanket under the apple tree.
I think I need a gingham table cloth, a little table and chairs, maybe a big straw hat and a floaty dress – oh and possibly a handsome gentleman to serve me my tea and shortbread this afternoon, don’t you?
- Lightly greased baking tray
- Baking parchment
- 125 g butter chopped
- Finely grated rind of one small lemon
- 25 g sifted icing sugar
- 100 g plain flour
- 50 g cornflour
- Golden caster sugar or yellow sugar crystals to decorate
- Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F
- Beat chopped butter and icing sugar together until golden and well combined
- Add the grated lemon rind and mix to combine
- Sift the flours together and stir into the butter mixture until you have a soft dough
- Roll into a log shape, wrap in baking parchment and refrigerate for half an hour
- Slice 1cm thick biscuit shapes off the log, lay on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes until lightly browned
- Cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (or scoff while warm)
- Decorate with a sprinkle of sugar and serve with your favourite tea
I decorated my lemon shortbread with a sprinkle of gloriously delicious sugar scented with yellow mirabelle plums – my daughter brought it back for me from a school trip to France, she knows me very well! I haven’t managed to track it down here in the UK but a scattering of golden caster sugar on top of your lemon shortbread biscuits is a good substitute.
You can ring the changes by replacing the lemon rind with orange, with rosewater and rose petals or with a teaspoonful of chopped lavender for easy lavender shortbread – oh the afternoon tea possibilities!
If you’re feeling very biscuity after all that have a look at my
Or my Gingery Cornish Fairings
Or why not try….
What is your favourite Afternoon Tea biscuit and are you a dunker or a dry nibbler?