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Earl Grey Shortbread “Teabags” from Ellie’s Kitchen UK!
These quick, easy to make earl grey flavoured shortbread biscuits are quite literally the perfect teatime treat!
Ingredients- makes about 25 biscuits
• 200g unsalted butter, softened
• 100g caster sugar
• 300g plain flour, sieved
• Drop of vanilla extract
• Tea from 3 Earl grey teabags- Ellie used Teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey and like to steep the tea in a teaspoon of hot water for an hour before she bakes.
• 50g dark or milk chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 160°
2. Cream the butter and sugar together- this can either be done by hand of with an electric mixer. It should look pale and smooth.
3. Add the vanilla and tea.
4. Now gently work in the flour. This bit is best done by hand so you don’t overwork the mix.
5. Bring the dough into a ball, be patient it will come together when the heat of your hands melts the butter a little.
6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Go to about 5mm thick.
7. Cut out teabag shaped biscuits. I use a template made out of paper. You will also need to stamp out a hole at the top of each teabag, use a straw to do this.
8. Chill the uncooked biscuits in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking in the oven until golden brown. (Around 15 minutes)
9. When the biscuits are cooked leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool fully.
Tip: The biscuits will firm up as they cool so don’t worry if they are a little soft when you take them out
10. To decorate, dip the bottom half of each biscuit in melted dark or milk chocolate and leave to set on baking paper.
11. Finish by threading string through each biscuit and add labels. I used these ones, just cut them out, glue one half and with the end of the string within fold the label over and stick.
12. These biscuits will keep fresh for a week in an airtight container.
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