Brian asked recently in a comment, if I had a recipe for Nana’s shortbread. Since it was not something I liked, I never thought to include it in my own collection of recipes. I asked my sister to check through mammy’s old cookery books. Between us we have come up with a close match.
Nana’s Shortbread 1
Preheat the oven to 160°C
250g All purpose flour
75g caster sugar
caster sugar to dredge
Grease two 7inch sandwich tins.
Mix the flour and the sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter. At this stage mammy worked with her hands, patting, squeezing, pounding & kneading until the mixture formed a smooth paste. Divide the mixture in two and press into the two prepared tins. Mark top in eight segments and decorate the edge with a fork before pricking randomly across the surface.
Bake for 30 minutes until pale golden. Slice in wedges while still warm and dredge with caster sugar.
Now Brian, stick the kettle on… we’ll have a cuppa as you test the shortbread and recall treading the boards in Kiss me Kate!