Make this Bay and Citrus Shortbread as a home made Christmas gift for your loved ones…

125g Lightly Salted Butter – at room temperature
60g Castor Sugar
160g Cake Flour (or all purpose flour)
25g Maizena (Corn Flour)
20g Custard Powder (the old fashioned kind not instant custard powder)
5ml Orange Zest
Pinch Salt
1 fresh Bay Leaf

How to
Preheat the oven to 170C.

Line some cookie sheets with baking paper or parchment and set aside.

Grind the bay leaf together with a little bit of the sugar in a pestle and mortar then add to the rest of the sugar.

Using a mixer or wooden spoon cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Add the ClemenGold zest and beat in.

Sift together the flour, corn flour, custard powder and salt then sprinkle onto the butter mixture and mix well just until the dry ingredients are incorporated and come away from the sides of the mixing bowl.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn the dough out onto the counter.

Roll out the dough with a flour dusted rolling pin about 1/2 – 1cm thick.

Cut out the dough into shapes with cookie cutters.

Place the shapes onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for between 10 – 15minutes or until very pale brown and crispy.

Sprinkle hot shortbread with extra castor sugar and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

Package and tie with ribbon to make wonderful home baked Christmas gifts!

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