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In my spare time I have been trying to replicate shortbread like my Mother used to make years ago.
After many recipes having been downloaded from the net and tried I've finally found the closest to the old original.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaped cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
250gms butter, room temperature cut into chunks
1 teaspoon water
Preheat oven to 190C.
Add the flour, salt and icing sugar to mixer and beat together.
Add in the vanilla essence, butter and water. Beat together just until a dough is formed.
Put the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a square log, about 2 inches square, fold wrap around and place in 'fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Slice the log into 1/2 inch pieces. Arrange on nonstick cooking paper on baking trays 2 inches apart.
Bake until the edges are just light brown, about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through the baking process.
Remove from the oven and let cool on the trays for 5 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks and cool until room temperature.