Ted Lasso Shortbread Biscuits recipe
We are a bit late to the Ted Lasso party and I’m guessing, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are too. It’s a gentle, super funny show on Apple TV *thanks to a new phone I got a free 3 months subscription* which we have binge watched 2 seasons of. The show’s football based, which I love, it’s set in Richmond, about ten minutes from us, a place I love and Ted makes the his boss shortbread biscuits everyday, which I really love. So much so, I found the recipe and made my own. And yes, I love them.
Shortbread Biscuits are such a versatile affair. Make them as gift for someone you love, serve them with winter poached fruits and a lot of cream or nibble on their golden softness with an afternoon cup of tea. These Ted Lasso inspired shortbreads are sweetened with icing sugar instead of my usual caster, they have a hint of vanilla and are super easy to make. A mixer of some nature helps their greatness as the butter needs to be beaten to add lightness and this may test your biceps if made by hand. Other than that, these are simple biscuits, but totally addictive and it’s thanks to Ted, and Food 52 for the inspiration.
I tend to double this recipe; this way, you get to gift some to friends, just as Ted Lasso does, and you get to eat a whole batch yourself. Once you’ve tasted these Shortbread biscuits, I think you’ll agree.
Nothing to fear here, shortbread biscuits are simplicity personified. Such a delicious reward for so little in the way of ingredients and effort. I added the vanilla to my recipe because it adds such flavour and natural sweetness.
Make a start by pre heating the oven to 140 degrees fan assisted and by lining a 20cm square tin. Next, add the butter to your mixer or bowl of choice and beat until light and whipped; this will take around 3 to 5 minutes, less in a food processor, a lot more by hand.
Next, being careful not to blow the whole lot over your kitchen, add the icing sugar a little at a time until combined.
Beat in the vanilla then mix in the flour and salt until you have a soft dough.
Press the dough into your lined tin, levelling the top.
Now, put the tray into the fridge for 30 minutes to rest and chill *something I am hopeless at*.
Once chilled, put into your pre heated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until the shortbread is just turning golden, but still pale and slightly soft in the middle.
While warm, sprinkle with a teaspoon of caster sugar then leave to cool before cutting into 12 pieces.
Package up into little pink boxes and give as gifts, like Ted, or just scoff quietly by yourself.
Inspiration for cooking comes from so many different areas in my life; magazines, friends, Pinterest. Who knew a football based American tv show would inspire shortbread biscuits, but thank God they did.
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Ted Lasso Shortbread Biscuits recipe
You will need a mixer or a bowl with a spoon and a lot of elbow strength and a lined 20cm square tin
225g soft butter
75g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
270g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
A little caster sugar for dusting
Pre heat your oven to 140 degrees fan assisted and line your 20cm square tin with baking paper.
In your food processor, stand mixer or bowl with a spoon, beat the butter until lighter and fluffy. This will take 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully mix in the icing sugar, a little at a time to avoid it going everywhere and beat until smooth. Mix in the vanilla then fold in the flour and salt and mix until you have a soft dough.
Press the dough into the lined tin and smooth into an even layer then pop into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Remove from the fridge and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until just golden and still soft in the middle. Sprinkle the top with a teaspoon of caster sugar then leave to cool before cutting into 12 pieces.
Serve in the Ted Lasso style pink boxes or store in an airtight tin for 3 to 4 days.