Fortnum & Mason’s Shortbread Recipe

Fortnum & Mason’s Shortbread Recipe: Shortbread Dusted With Clove Sugar

Celebrated in January, 'National Shortbread Day' is a nod to the delicious yet classic Scottish treat, enjoyed widley around the world. If you're not quite over the Christmas cravings, why not bake a batch of these beloved biscuits with a recipe that’s courtesy of the Queen’s grocers, Fortnum & Mason (as featured in the ‘Fortnum’s Christmas and Other Winter Feasts’ book by Tom Parker Bowles). So take note, pop the kettle on and happy baking!




230g unsalted butter

170g golden caster sugar

340g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

55g semolina

For dusting the shortbread:

2 tablespoons golden caster sugar

1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves


1. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until they are pale and fluffy. Sift in the flour, then add the semolina and stir until the mixture forms a ball – you might need to bring it together with your hands. Knead very lightly until smooth, then wrap in cling film and chill for one to two hours.

2. Roll out the mixture on a lightly floured surface to about a five millimetres thickness. Cut into rounds with a six centimetres pastry cutter and place on baking sheets lined with baking parchment. Chill for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mix together the caster sugar and ground cloves to make the clove sugar.

4. Place in an oven heated to 160°C/Gas Mark 3 and bake for 12–15 minutes, until very lightly coloured. Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with the clove sugar. Leave to cool.

5. Instead of making biscuits, you could bake the mixture in a traditional shortbread mould. Turning it out of the mould can be a little tricky but the finish is amazing. Use the mould according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then dust the shortbread with clove sugar immediately after it comes out of the oven, and again when you have turned it out of the mould. If you don’t have a mould you can bake the shortbread in two greased 18cm sandwich tins for about 20 minutes. Dust with clove sugar, leave to cool, then cut each round into eight wedges.

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