Orange and Rosemary Shortbread

We’re approaching the hungry gap again; that time of year when supplies of last season’s  harvest have dwindled and we’re eagerly awaiting next season’s produce. I have three rather limp leeks sitting in the fridge which I’m loath to use as then we’ll really have no homegrown produce left; I feel oddly comforted by the fact that they’re there. Until I look at them. (They’ve certainly seen better days.)

But when there’s nothing else ripe for harvesting, I can always snip some sprigs of delicious, aromatic rosemary. In our garden, rosemary is always abundant!

I never use rosemary as much as I mean to, and after I woke up with a hankering for homemade shortbread recently, I decided rosemary should be a key ingredient! I teamed it with orange and the result is a delicately fragrant shortbread biscuit with a subtle whisper of citrus. It really is rather lovely. I hope you’ll agree.

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Prep time: 30 mins  Cooking time: 25 mins  Makes: 8-12 biscuits


1 orange (zest and 2 tbsp juice)
1 tsp fresh rosemary (chopped very finely)
125g unsalted butter (softened)
40g golden caster sugar
175g plain flour
Small pinch of salt


In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter and the sugar until light and smooth.

Beat in the flour, a tiny pinch of salt, chopped rosemary, orange zest and juice, then form into a soft dough with your hands.

Wrap in cling-film and chill for 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 180C (160C fan oven.)

Break the dough into small balls and flatten into rounds. (I made 8 large biscuits out of this mix but you could easily get 12 daintier biscuits should you be so inclined!)

Place the biscuits on a lined tray and bake for 25 mins.

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack, before sprinkling with icing sugar.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container.

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