The Christmas season is kinda sorta upon us nearly … well close enough is good enough, right? Anyhoo, I’ve popped up a new Film and Food video with a recipe that is close to my heart. It’s Christmas Shortbread that is so scrumptious you will faint. And the best part is that it’s super-easy to make even you, yes YOU, can make it in no time at all.
Gran’s Shortbread recipe
225g or 8 oz butter, melted
85g or 3 oz caster sugar
255g or 9 oz plain flour
85g or 3 oz corn flour
- Preheat oven to 350 F or 160 C
- Line 2 trays with baking paper
- Melt butter
- Combine dry ingredients
- Pour melted butter into dry ingredients
- Roll out on lightly floured surface to about 1cm thick
- Cut out with whatever shapes you like (or squares)
- Pop them on trays and cook for 10-15 mins
- When cooked, coat each shortbread biscuit generously with extra caster sugar
- Cool, then tap excess sugar off each biscuit
- Eat and enjoy, Granny would be proud!
NOTE: Print out the Film and Food Shortbread shopping list to make your cooking experience even easier!!
But what movie to watch when you’re gobbling these beauties down? I have 3! Here they are:
1. White Christmas
Ooo a fabbo classic that would go PERFECTLY with old-fashioned Shortbread. Are you a fan of these oldies? This one stars Bing Crosby and George’s aunty, Rosemary Clooney. Post-WWII, two buddies make it big in the entertainment industry, first as performers then as producers. But things go from bad to worse when the fellas get a tad money hungry, they fall in and out of love with their respective gals and an old boss returns with devastating results. Check it out here…
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
What a beautiful film. It’s not super-Christmassy but it begins and ends on Christmas Eve so it’s festive enough. The acting is brilliant, the storyline rich and deep and the whole movie ultimately joyful. George Bailey dreams of a BIG life but when circumstances keep him in his small home town his life falls apart. On the brink of suicide, George calls out for help, and gets it in the most confronting but beautiful way. Check out my full review here: It’s a Wonderful Life movie paired with a home cooked meal.
3. Joyeux Noel
This is a French movie but hang in there, it’s awesome. It’s World War I. Scottish troops (who would have LOVED this shortbread!) face off with their German counterparts but when the Scots start singing Christmas tunes, a truce is sparked with the enemy. They crawl out of their trenches, share photographs of loved ones and enjoy a short mass together. Then they have a game of soccer/football game. But when they head back to the trenches both commanders are not happy campers.
Which recipe did your grandma used to cook? Share it with us if you’re allowed!
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