Anise Myrtle & Orange Shortbread

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To me, shortbread is so reminiscent of my childhood and always reminds me of Christmas time. For this edition, I decided to have a little play around with our Native spice, Anise Myrtle for something a little different. When thinking of this recipe and the flavours of Aniseed mixing with the buttery, crumbling shortbread, I knew I had to add in their mutual best friend, orange. I use orange blossom water that you can usually find in most speciality supermarkets or the gourmet aisle of your local, but you can of course use orange juice if you don’t have.

Serve with a cup of tea and you have yourself a perfect afternoon with a little Aussie twist!

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  1. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric whisk. Add icing sugar and blend. Sift flour with Anise Myrtle and salt and then slowly add to the mixture alternating with orange blossom water until a smooth dough is formed.

  2. Divide dough into 4 or 5 pieces. Using a round cookie cutter, cut into round shapes about 1cm thick. Place on a sheet sheet and bake 150C for 15 to 20 minutes until pale golden (not brown).

    Leave to cool and then transfer to wire rack.

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