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Parmesan Shortbread as Gifts

Asked by angelarae100. Answered on 14th November 2015

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I was planning to make the Parmesan Shortbreads and give them as gifts at Christmas with a homemade chutney. Will they really only last five days in an airtight container? Is there any way to make them last a bit longer. I know they will be eaten as soon as they are open but I don't want to be making them at the last minute.

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Nigella's Parmesan Shortbreads (from Nigellissima and on the Nigella website) are at their best if eaten within 5 days of baking and stored in an airtight container. They turn softer as they are kept and as they contain egg they do not keep quite as well as a traditional sweet shortbread.

If you want to make the shorbreads as a gift you could freeze the dough and just bake them at the last minute. You can wrap the cylinders of dough in a double layer of clingfilm and a layer of foil and then freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge then cut and bake. Alternatively slice the dough and freeze the discs on parchment-lined baking sheets. Once the discs are solid, transfer the shortbreads to resealable bags. Bake direct from frozen, the baking time is the same as for the chilled dough.

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