Traditional Scottish shortbread

For a terrific treat with a cuppa bake some golden shortbread the traditional Scottish way
By Mary Berry
Traditional Scottish shortbread
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  • Serves: makes 8 pieces
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 100 g plain flour
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 50 g semolina


1. Set the oven to 160C/gas 2.

2. Place all the ingredients together in a food processor and whizz until the mixture forms a smooth dough (if preferred this can be done by hand in a bowl using soft butter).

3. Roll the shortbread out to form a circle with a 20cm diameter and flute the edge (alternatively, press into a 20cm loose bottomed cake tin).

4. Prick gently over the top with a fork and score the surface of the round into 8 even wedges. Sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and golden.

5. Set aside to cool a little, but cut into wedges while still slightly warm. Store in an airtight tin.

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