Chai Spice Shortbread

These classic melt-in your-mouth cookies attain exotic flair with the addition of chai masala. They are perfect with a cup of oolong tea.

Ingredients

  • 100g Icing sugar
  • 200g Refined flour
  • 8g Chai masala
  • 100g Corn flour
  • 200g Unsalted butter,softened
  • 1 Vanilla Pod, seeds scraped out

Tips

Shortbread can also be baked in a round baking tin and cut into triangle wedges.

Substitutions/Variations

Eliminate the chai masala for a classic shortbread.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.

2. Keep an ungreased 12" swiss roll tin ready.

3. In a large mixing bowl of a food processor with a double bladed knife/ paddle attachment, process to combine icing sugar,refined flour, chai masala and corn flour.

4. Add butter and vanilla seeds and process again till you get a soft mix­ ture that loosely clumps around the blade.

5. Turn mixture out onto swiss roll tray and flatten into an even layer using your fingers or the back of a cup.

6. Using the tip of a sharp knife, make incisions and divide the flattened dough into uniform rectangular fingers leaving the dough inside the tray. Use a fork to prick holes in the centre of each finger.

7. Shortbread should not be baked till crisp, but left crumbly and melt­ in-your-mouth. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.The shortbread is done when pale but slightly golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes.

8. Using a palette knife carefully separate the shortbread fingers along the previously made incisions. Gently transfer onto a cooling rack.

9. Cool completely and transfer to an airtight container to store for up to 3-5 days.

  • function top/bottom
  • 160 degrees C
  • time 45-60
  • level 3