With Christmas only a couple of days away, if you are anything like me, you are searching for that last few gift ideas.
Each year I make shortbread for my husband to take to work as gifts. I embroider tea towels, and wrap the shortbread in the towels. I am always worried that people will not appreciate a home made gift, however last week Edward came home and suggested that he needed another 5 to the 7 he had asked for, as a few people from his old team mentioned how much they are looking forward to the shortbread.
This year, I created another set of quick Christmas design collection – More Words on Christmas, which is a set of 10 new Christmas sayings – including a design encompassing the “selfie” phenomenon. To celebrate this new collection, I wanted to share with you my favourite shortbread recipe.
- 115g Rice Flour
- 115g Castor Sugar
- 225g Plain Flour
- 225g Butter (at room temperature)
- Extra Castor Sugar to decorate
- 2 cake tins – I like round
- Baking paper to line cake tins
- Food processor with a blending blade
- Aluminium Foil to wrap shortbread
- Embroidered tea towel to wrap shortbread
- Ribbon to tie up the shortbread
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius
- Pour the Rice Flour, Castor Sugar and Plain Flour into the food processor bowl
- Chop the butter into 1cm squares, and add to the food processor
- Pulse the butter into the flour until everything is combine
- Take the baking paper and trim into a round shape, and line each of the cake tins
- Equally distribute the mixture into the two cake tins, and using the back of a spoon, smooth out in the tin
- Take a knife and cut the shortbread into 8 equal parts
- Sprinkle with approximately one teaspoon of the extra Castor Sugar
- Bake for 40 minutes
- Once your shortbread has baked, leave to cool in the tin
- Remove the shortbread from the tin, and wrap in aluminium foil
- Take the foil wrapped shortbread, and gently wrap so that the embroidered panel is showing.
- Take your ribbon and tie in a decorative bow around the shortbread to complete.
Embroidered Tea Towel
- 100% Cotton Tea Towel from Julie Hall Designs
- More Words on Christmas design collection from Julie Hall Designs
- Embroidery Threads
- TearClean Stabiliser
- Embroidery Thread
- General Sewing Requirements.
- Print out the template of the design you are going to embroider.
- Mark up the tea towel so that the design will be centred at the base of the tea towel, but still leaving approximately 1.5 inches at the bottom clear.
- Hoop your tea towel with TearClean Stabiliser at the back.
- Stitch out your design according to the colour chart.
- Once embroidery is completed, remove all of the excess stabiliser, and press.