Years ago, (not in the 1800’s), I started to collect recipes out of old magazines. My little ones accidentally threw out all my pasted papers except for a few. This is one of the recipes I found – Make 1800’s Shortbread! This shortbread is the easiest recipe in the world to make, it melts in your mouth and only has 3 ingredients. The hardest part of the whole recipe was working the butter and flour into a nice dough. It just takes a little squeezing together and patience. I wouldn’t let your mixer run until it forms the dough as you may get a tougher shortbread.
Make 1800’s Shortbread
3 Ingredients – 1800’s Shortbread – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2 1/4 c. unbleached flour
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 c. unsalted butter – semi-softened
(I added a tiny pinch of pink sea salt)
You can memorize this, and share it with family and friends without ever getting a recipe card out. The ingredients were so easy!
Pulse the sugar and flour together in your mixer.
Now add the butter and mix briefly until you have a crumbly shortbread mix.
Now for the fun. Using your hands, work the shortbread dough together. Just continue to squeeze the dough together until a ball forms. Again, I wouldn’t use a mixer to do this.
Get out your pretty shortbread pan. I bought mine from Shortbread.com – Brown Bag Designs, you can find a store at the link.
Press the shortbread into your pan. If you use a regular glass dish, do not grease it.
Bake for 25-32 minutes, checking for brown edges. The shortbread is done when the center is set.
To turn it out of your pan, cool, and take a knife carefully around the edges. Place a serving plate over your pan, holding the two together and gently give a tap.
Isn’t that a pretty site? Beautiful! This shortbread is delicious! Mine came out perfect.
Have fun and make this 1800’s shortbread soon! It’s fast, easy and pleases any occasion.