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When the Christmas TV adverts appear, you know it’s an acceptable time to get excited for the season ahead! At Argyll Holidays we love all things festive, so what better way to get ready than to bake a traditional Scottish sweet treat to celebrate the season of good tidings?

Granny’s shortbread recipe is easy to rustle up if you need a last minute Christmas gift for your Auntie Margaret, child’s teacher… or anyone, for that matter! It’s also the perfect recipe for making while staying in a caravan or lodge due to the few ingredients needed, and the ease of portability once baked… not that they’ll last that long, yum!Follow Granny’s recipe, and don’t forget to share your masterpieces with us over on Twitter or Facebook once you’re done!




You will also need:

  • A cake tin - we used a 24cm square pan.
  • Greaseproof paper

Here’s How…

First step is to preheat your oven. We recommend 150°C, unless you’re using a fan assisted then 140°C should do just fine.Grease your cake tin then place greaseproof paper in your cake tray - it makes removing your delicious shortbread much easier - who has time to free a bake from the sides of a tin when so much tastiness awaits?!

Time to get baking!

Add the flour and semolina into a bowl and give them a good mix by hand.Once combined, it’s time to include the caster sugar and butter. Ditch the electric mixer for this recipe, all you need is a little elbow grease! Knead all the ingredients using your hands and make the dough.When the mixture has formed a dough, flatten it into the cake tin by hand - make sure it’s distributed well for an even bake!

Add some holes to the surface, with a fork so your shortbread can let off some steam and bake evenly.

Now it’s ready for the oven. It needs 30 minutes approximately, but everyone’s oven is different, so the main thing is to look out for a pale golden brown crisp on the top. Add a light dusting of mixed demerara and caster sugar, then allow to cool for 5 minutes. It should look something like this…

Once the shortbread has cooled it’s time to slice into individual biscuits and place on a cooling rack. Resist the urge to sneak one for at least 10 minutes! Then when the 10-longest-minutes-ever have finally passed, you can go wild and enjoy with a cup of tea! Just delightful, even if we do say so ourselves!

So how did you get on? Did the shortbread turn out as you hoped? Will they be given as presents? We want to know! Share your efforts with us on Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to see your bakes!

Happy Baking!Argyll Holidays

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