It’s bakemas 2020!
If it’s your first bakemas here, welcome. It is my annual mini-series in which I show you how to make a various Christmas themed baked goods – perfect if you want to impress your family and/or friends or if you’re hosting a festive get together.
It’s midweek, so I’m keeping it simple with a batch of cranberry and orange shortbreads – they might not look a lot but they pack a might pack a mouthful of flavour.
If you look at the biscuits, they aren’t just plain, they have specks of red and orange in – from the dried cranberries and orange zest. Each bite you get a pop of flavour in each mouthful.
The flavour combination between cranberry is pretty festive too, so it fits the bill. Make a batch and share with whoever and however you’re celebrating.
Anyway. let’s get started, shall we?
175g Plain flour.
120g Butter, chilled (from the fridge).
60g Granulated sugar.
Pinch of salt.
Zest of 1 large orange.
100g Dried cranberries, chopped small (or pulsed in a food processor).
Before you get started on the recipe, you’ll want to do some prep work. Start by weighing up all your ingredients, grabbing any equipment you may need, such as a for processor. Don’t forget to line a baking tray with parchment paper and when you’re ready to, preheat you oven to 180˚c/350˚f.
Into a food processor bowl, place the flour, salt and butter and pulse until combined. It won’t form a dough but the butter will incorporate into the dry mixture and make I turn a yellowish colour.
Next you can go ahead and add in the granulated sugar, orange zest and dried cranberries. Pulse these all in, just until everything is fairly distributed throughout the dough. You don’t want the dough to form in the food processor, you want it to start clumping together. Once you start to see it happening, stop pulsing and work the dough by hand.
Add the mixture onto your work surface and bring it all together until well combined, bringing the dough into a fat sausage shape (which is about 6 inches or so in length) and wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour. When there is about 10 minutes left, preheat your oven to 180˚c/350˚f.
Once the dough has had at least an hour in the fridge, you can go ahead and process the dough. Take the shortbread dough and cut it into 12 equal parts – don’t worry if the dough breaks up a bit while you’re slicing it.
If needed, smooth out the dough cut outs and then place onto your lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits start turning golden brown around the edges of the biscuits.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed. If you did, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends and enjoy it. I’ll be back soon with another blog post and YouTube video, so join me then. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my other social’s – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube tutorial will be linked down below.