In the kitchen:: shortbread 'biscotti'

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I think cooking or baking a classic is sometimes as much fun as making something new. With a classic, you know what you're doing and how it's going to turn out (hopefully!). One of the things I like to knock up is shortbread - always a simple recipe and always good to eat with a mug of something warm.

I decided to make mine into long fingers with royal icing (my white chocolate didn't want to melt), milk chocolate and flaked almonds. Not quite biscotti, but definitely something a little bit extra to your average shortbread.

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You will need:

:: 125g butter (at room temperature)
:: 55g caster sugar
:: 180g plain flour

What you'll need to do:

:: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
:: Cream the butter and sugar together until combined.
:: Add the flour and mix until a dough is formed. At this point I always add a splash of milk to help it come together.

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:: Once the dough has come together, add any additional fillings- I went for white and milk chocolate chips and then roll out the dough until around 1cm thick.
:: Cut into fingers and place on a baking tray.
:: Pop them in the oven and cook until they have just coloured on top.
:: Leave to cool and then decorate. I decorated mine with icing, more chocolate and some almonds.

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