Ted Lasso Biscuits – Easy shortbread are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. Ted Lasso, as aficionados will know, is a character in a TV show, where he is recruited as the manager of a football team. A recurring theme in the show, apparently, is that Ted delivers biscuits to the club’s owner. The biscuits are a very basic shortbread. Apple, makers of the show, have made the recipe available. It uses just 4 ingredients for a very basic shortbread.
However that shortbread is so good. It has a tender crumb with a fantastic buttery taste, just as good shortbread should.
I decided to try the recipe, sure that it would work well. Ted delivers his biscuits in a small pink box, but I decided that I didn’t need to do that.
As I mentioned there are just 4 ingredients in the recipe, flour, butter, sugar and salt. Of course you could always add a little vanilla extract or even some lemon zest to enhance the shortbread. But, personally, I don’t think it needs it.
The process is easy too. Just soften the butter and whisk it to a fluffy consistency. Whisk in the sugar until combined. Then add the salt and the flour. Basically that is it. Though, of course, it has to be put into a pan and baked. But before baking the dough needs to be chilled. The original recipe called for at least thirty minutes, though I think an hour is better.
I should mention that I used my mixer but this is so simple that it can all be done by hand too.
Before baking the biscuits are cut, to the size you wish. The cuts will close up during baking. However that is fine, as I will explain.
I made my dough and placed it into a greased and lined 8 inch/20cm square pan. Then I chilled it as mentioned above, for an hour. As the hour came to an end I preheated the oven to 150C/300F. Then I took the pan out of the fridge and cut the dough into biscuits the size I wanted, which was 4 cuts in one direction and three in the other. That made 12 large biscuits.
I baked the biscuits for 60 minutes. The recipe suggested between 45 and 60 minutes but I opted for the longer time since I wanted the biscuits to have a good colour and to be baked all the way through.
However, after 45 minutes I removed the pan from the oven and scored the biscuits along the closed up lines. Then I returned the pan to the oven to finish baking.
Once they had baked for an hour I removed them from the oven and left them for 10 minutes to cool in the tin. I then carefully transferred the biscuits to a wire rack to cool. But I immediately used a sharp knife to cut the biscuits again.
Once they had cooled I tasted a biscuit. It was firm but so tender when I bit into it. The flavour was so buttery, and sweet too but not overly so.
These are just the perfect accompaniment to my afternoon cup of tea.
Another great shortbread recipe is Shortbread.
Ted Lasso Biscuits – Easy ShortbreadCourse: Biscuits, CookiesCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy
250g(1 2/3 cups, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup) plain flour
227g(1 cup) softened unsalted butter
75g(3/4 cup) icing sugar
1.5g(1/4 tsp) salt
- Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer(you can do everything by hand instead, very easily), and whisk it until it is light and fluffy, a good 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
- Slowly add the sugar and whisk again until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
- Mix the salt into the flour and pour it onto the butter mixture, then mix until just fully combined.
- Spoon the mixture into an 8 or 9 inch (20 or 23 cm) square pan that has been greased and then lined with parchment paper.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the base of the pan and then refrigerate for one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into the size of biscuits you want(I cut mine with 3 x 4 lines to make 12 biscuits).
- Bake the biscuits for 45 minutes then take them out of the oven and score the lines again.
- Place the pan back into the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes, making an hour in total.
- Remove the biscuits from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
- Carefully lift the biscuits out, using the edge of the parchment paper.
- Use a sharp knife to cut along the scored lines to separate the biscuits.
- Cool completely on a wire rack.