Fennel shortbread thins

Fennel shortbread thins

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New Feast
Makes
16–20
Photographer
Alan Benson

Fennel adds an appealing savoury warmth to buttery shortbread. We roll the biscuit dough thinly to make elegant crisp biscuits that are a great accompaniment to ice cream and other creamy desserts, like lemon possets. They’re equally good with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
120g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
50g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
140g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 orange, finely zested
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, roughly crushed

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz until the mixture just beings to clump together. Do not over-process.
  2. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and briskly bring it together into a flattish rectangle. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least an hour. Alternatively, freeze until required. It will keep quite happily for a month.
  3. Divide the dough in half and work with one piece at a time; keep the other piece chilled. Roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper to a thickness of 3 mm – or even slightly thinner, if you dare. Cut the dough into shapes – elegant long triangles, neat rectangles or circles are all good – and carefully lift onto a baking sheet lined with Silpat or baking paper. Refrigerate for another 20 minutes.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 160°C. Bake the shortbreads for 10–12 minutes, or until they colour a very pale gold. Watch carefully in the final few minutes to make sure they don’t brown too much.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray for a few minutes to allow the shortbreads to firm up. Then lift them carefully onto wire racks to cool completely.
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