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What to eat while reading? The best of biscuits and a modern take of everyone’s favourite bake: a shortbread with a hint of beautifully aromatic Earl Grey.

Here’s an interesting fact for you: it’s physically impossible to eat just one shortbread biscuit*. Surprising though it may seem, humans are engineered to consume a minimum of two**. And best of all, shortbread is an absolute doddle to make too – no cheffy Bake Off skills required. For a more modern version with a beautifully aromatic flavour, we love this recipe from Joe’s Tea Company – as featured in our November box: the Earl of Grey Buttery Shortbread. Best served with? A book and… a cuppa, of course!

• 200g unsalted butter – cubed and at room temperature
• 100g golden caster sugar
• Drop of vanilla essence or seeds from one vanilla pod
• Zest of 1 lemon
• 3 Earl of Grey teabags – infuse in 100ml boiling water for around an hour to make a concentrate
• 300g plain flour, sieved (plus a little more for dusting)
• 2 tbsp Earl of Grey infused sugar for sprinkling

Firstly, make the tea – you want this nice and strong, so infuse for about an hour, then remove teabags and chill. At the same time, add 2 tbsp caster sugar to a small jar and add an Earl of Grey teabag and close tightly, give it a shake for a nice bergamot-flavoured sugar.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then fold in the lemon zest, vanilla, and Earl of Grey concentrate. Then, sieve in the flour, don’t worry if it looks a little crumbly. Form into a rough ball with your hands, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Work the dough for a minute or two (not too much) into a soft dough.

Roll out to 5mm and use a 5cm biscuit cutter to cut out and place on a lined baking sheet- should make around 25 shortbread. You can roll out the dough a few times, it won’t affect the consistency.

Let the biscuits chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, then sprinkle with the Earl of Grey sugar and bake for 20 mins. Enjoyed best with a cup of tea, naturally.

For more information on the very lovely Joe’s Tea Company, head to their website.

*we made that up.
**we made that up too