Chocolate Orange Shortbread.

When I was little I remember my dad always used to get a Chocolate orange (or 10!), and the hampers my Mum used to get always had a chocolate orange in them! 

So this has inspired my first Countdown To Christmas recipe. Chocolate Orange Shortbread...excuse me whilst I salivate all over my keyboard at the thought!!

What you need: 

200g Plain Flour (extra for dusting)
50g caster sugar
125g Butter (cubed)
Grated zest from 1 orange
Belgian Chocolate (to melt)

 Mix the flour and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
Rub in the butter until you get a breadcrumby mixture
Add the orange zest.
Now don't knead, but combine gently into a dough,

TOP TIP: I saw this tip on Jamie Oliver...
you just want to pat it down flat. Push or roll it out until it's 1cm thick – do this directly on to a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper so you don't have to move it. Once it's in the shape you like feel free to thumb or pinch the edges. If it splits or tears, just press it back together – but remember, the less you work the dough, the shorter and better these biscuits will be. 

 I then made this into smaller rounds (you could make a large circular, sharing shortbread)
Then pop the baking sheet into the oven and cook for 15(ish) minutes.
Keep an eye on it you want a  lovely lightly golden colour.
Leave to cool.
Once cooled melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
Once the chocolate is melted dip your rounds in to coat half (back and front) with the chocolate. Let set
then gobble them up as fast as you can before anyone else gets a look in...or you could always wrap it prettily and give it as a gift, you know either or!

This recipe made around 16. (Unfortunately we only have 7...because I burnt the first batch!)

This recipe appear's in's downloadable Christmas Cook Book. 

You can download it, for FREE, HERE!


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