Fennel and fig shortbread bar

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PREP TIME

20 min

TOTAL TIME

50 min

Makes

32

Fennel and fig shortbread bar

Fennel and fig shortbread bar. (Photo, Sian Richards.)


Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Spray 2 8 × 8-in. metal baking pans with oil and line each with overhanging parchment.
  • STIR flour with figs, fennel and salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT butter with sugar in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.
  • DIVIDE dough in half. Press a portion of dough evenly into each prepared pan. Using a fork, prick dough all over.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until golden, 28 to 30 min. Cool completely on a rack, about 1 hour. Remove shortbread from pans to a cutting board, then cut each into 16 bars.

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