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Cherry Shortbread Dough

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About the bake

What could be a more perfect gift for your friends than a ready to bake shortbread dough? Just slice and bake, and in 20 minutes you will have fresh biscuits ready for festive guests.

35Total Time
15Prep Time
20Bake Time
60Makes
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    In a bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

  2. Step 2:

    Stir in the flours, salt and cherries until it starts to come together.

  3. Step 3:

    Using clean hands, bring the dough together by gently kneading it.

  4. Step 4:

    Split the dough into 6 and roll each into a sausage with a diameter of 5cm.

  5. Step 5:

    Sprinkle the demerara sugar onto a tray. Roll each sausage in the sugar to coat the outside completely. Wrap well in cling film and refrigerate.

  6. Step 6:

    To wrap for gifting, cut 6 pieces of baking parchment into 30cm x 30 cm and wrap each biscuit dough. Secure with ribbons at either end to form a cracker shape.

  7. Step 7:

    Write the cooking instructions (see step 8), on a label and attach to the ribbon. Give as heartwarming ready to bake gifts.

  8. Step 8:

    To cook, preheat the oven to 180°C  (fan 170°C, gas mark 4). Grease and flour a baking sheet. Slice the dough into 10 even sized discs and bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Ingredients

    • 675g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 375g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 1kg Allinson's plain white flour
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 200g Dried sour cherries
    • 100g Billington's unrefined demerara sugar

Utensils

  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Baking tray
  • Cling film
  • Baking parchment
  • Ribbon and label

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