Apple Shortbread - serves 14 - 18


  • for the Filling
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 2 cooking apples
  • 50 – 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • for the Shortbread
  • 375g unsalted butter, softened
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 250g gluten free plain flour
  • 250g maize flour or cornflour

How to make this recipe dairy free?

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The wheat, gluten and lactose free store cupboard


for the Filling

Peel and slice the cooking apples.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the apple.

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

Preheat oven to 180°c / 350°f / gas mark 4.

Mix the sugar together with the butter until combined.

Mix in the gluten free flour and maize flour and bring together to form a dough.

Line an 8in x 8in brownie tin with greaseproof paper.

Press half of the dough into the bottom of the tin.

Bake for 15 minutes, leave to cool.

Cover with the apple mixture.

Place the remaining dough onto a piece of parchment paper which is bigger than the brownie tin.

Roll out onto the parchment until it is the same size as the brownie tin and of an equal thickness.

Get somebody to help you. Each hold two corners of the parchment and turn over onto the apple mixture.

Manoeuvre into the right place, rub over the parchment with your hand to stick the shortbread to the apple, then peel off the paper.

Mark into portions and sprinkle caster sugar over the top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Leave to cool before slicing into portions.

how to make this recipe dairy free...

Cook the apple with dairy free margarine.

Use dairy free margarine in place of butter in the recipe.

Gem's hints and tips

If you can’t find maize flour then cornflour is easily available and makes a good substitute.  There isn’t much difference but I do prefer maize flour.  See resources.

Why not try…

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

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