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American Shortbread Pastry Recipe

American Shortbread Pastry Recipe

A sticky pastry (paste) that gives a crisper finish, ideal for use with fruit. It is usually baked at 200C/400F/gas mark 6.

Ingredients: Makes 350 g / 12 oz

175 g/6 oz butter or margarine, softened
225 g/8 oz/2 cups self-raising (self-rising) flour
2.5 ml/0.5 tsp salt
45 ml/3 tbsp cold water


Beat the butter or margarine until soft. Gradually beat in the flour, salt and water and mix to a sticky dough. Cover with clingfilm (plastic wrap) and chill for 30 minutes. Roll out between lightly floured sheets of baking parchment.

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