Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Butter a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) baking pan.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand
mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about
one minute). Add the
sugar and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. In a separate bowl whisk the flour with
the salt and then
add the flour mixture, along with
the raisins, to the butter mixture and beat
until the dough just starts to come together.
the batter to your pan and gently press the dough, with your fingertips or the back of a
spoon, to form an even layer.
Take the lightly
beaten egg and, using a pastry brush, brush the top of the shortbread with the
egg wash. Then, with the tines of a fork, slowly drag the fork back and forth
across the shortbread to make a decorative pattern.
shortbread for about 30 - 40 minutes or until light golden brown
(the longer you bake the shortbread the more crisp and crunchy they will be). Remove from
oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly. Then cut the shortbread into rectangular bars.
24 shortbread fingers
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