Dark Chocolate and Orange Shortbread


Recipe

This shortbread recipe has served me well for many years. I discovered these biscuits in the French Alps while on a skiing holiday, I would buy one everyday while getting my daily breakfast crossiant and stuff it into my ski jacket for that welcome hit of sugar to keep me going up and down the mountain. In this recipe I have combined my personal favourite floors of chocolate and orange but you can make your own if you like.

Makes 10-12 biscuits

Ingredients

250g soft butter

125g golden caster sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 orange zest

375g plain flour

100g dark chocolate chunks

Here's How

Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy

Add in the orange zest

Sieve in the flour and add the chocolate

Using a metal spoon flour the ingredients together, it's important it to mix the dough to much as over mixing will cause the flour to make the biscuits to become tough.

Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and roll into a sausage shape

Place the dough into the fridge to chill

When the shortbread is firm remove from the fridge and brush with the remaining egg white, then sprinkle with a little castor sugar

Cut the shortbread into 2cm slices and place on a non stick baking tray

Bake the biscuits in s pre heats over 160c for approximately 12 minutes

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