Apple Shortbread - serves 14 - 18


  • for the Filling
  • 25g dairy free margarine
  • 2 cooking apples
  • 50 – 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • for the Shortbread
  • 375g dairy free margarine
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 250g gluten free plain flour
  • 250g ground almonds

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The wheat, gluten and lactose free store cupboard


for the Filling

  1. Peel and slice the cooking apples.
  2. Melt the dairy free margarine in a saucepan and add the apple.
  3. Cook until soft. Mix in the sugar and cinnamon. You may need to adjust the amount of sugar depending on how sweet the apple is.

for the Shortbread

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c / 350°f / gas mark 4.
  2. Mix the sugar together with the dairy free margarine until combined.
  3. Mix in the gluten free flour and ground almonds and bring together to form a dough.
  4. Line an 8in x 8in brownie tin with greaseproof paper.
  5. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the tin.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, leave to cool.
  7. Cover with the apple mixture.
  8. Place the remaining dough onto a piece of parchment paper which is bigger than the brownie tin.
  9. Roll out onto the parchment until it is the same size as the brownie tin and of an equal thickness.
  10. Get somebody to help you. Each hold two corners of the parchment and turn over onto the apple mixture.
  11. Manoeuvre into the right place, rub over the parchment with your hand to stick the shortbread to the apple, then peel off the paper.
  12. Mark into portions and sprinkle caster sugar over the top.
  13. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Leave to cool before slicing into portions.

Gem's hints and tips

To make this nut free – substitute the ground almonds for maize flour or cornflour

Why not try…

Use gluten free mincemeat in the place of the apple for a tasty shortbread.

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