By now you’ve probably heard of the Great British Baking Show (or Great British Bake Off if you’re in England).
It’s a fun, laid-back baking competition filled with beautiful bakes and some silly innuendoes. The two judges are two prominent British bakers/chefs, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.
In my opinion, Mary Berry is a British national treasure. I just love her. She’s funny and a little sassy and she and Paul Hollywood play off each other perfectly.
They’ve tried to recreate the show over here. It didn’t work. It was hard to watch.
I have a book of her’s filled with 100 recipes for bakes and cakes. I was looking for a killer shortbread recipe and I stumbled upon her recipe for “The Very Best Shortbread”.
I’m always skeptical when something is called “the very best…”. But this is Mary Berry, national treasure, and she has never steered me wrong before so I made her shortbread.
Best decision I’ve ever made.
These are perfectly buttery and have a little extra crunch because she uses a combination of flour and semolina.