Orange Short Bread

Skill level:2

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Makes: 8

  • Preheat the oven to 160ºC/gas mark 3.
  • Using the small holes on a grater, lightly grate some zest from the orange onto a saucer. Try to avoid the white pith.
  • Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the cinnamon, sugar and orange zest.
  • Rub in the butter or margarine.
  • Bring the dough together and knead it lightly.
  • Place the dough on the baking tray and press or roll the dough into a round disc 1cm thick.
  • Prick with a fork and decorate the edge. Using oven gloves, place the tray in the oven for 15–20 minutes until firm.
  • Cut the shortbread into eight segments and place on a cooling rack straight away to cool.
  • 150g Neill's plain flour
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • large pinch of cinnamon, to taste
  • zest of one orange


  • grater
  • saucer
  • sieve
  • mixing bowl
  • baking tray
  • fork
  • oven gloves
  • cooling rack