Lemon and poppyseed shortbread

The delicate flavours of lemon and poppyseeds perfectly complement the sweet and crumbly shortbread biscuit.



1.Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F. Grease two oven trays.
2.Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Add lemon rind and poppy seeds with the sifted flours.
3.Add large spoonfuls of sifted flours to butter mixture, beating after each addition. Press ingredients together gently; knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
4.Divide dough into two portions. Shape portions into 18cm (71/4in) rounds. Place rounds on trays; mark into wedges, then prick with a fork. Pinch a decorative edge with floured fingers.
5.Bake shortbread for 30 minutes or until pale golden. Leave shortbread on trays for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. Cut when cold.

Stamp out shortbread with the floured cutter of your choice. The baking time will depend on the size of your cutter.

Recipe can be made a month ahead; store in an airtight container.


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