Shortbread Bars: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190
degrees C) and place the wire oven rack in the center of the oven.
Butter (or spray with a non stick cooking spray) a
9 x 9 inch (23 x
cm) pan. Set aside.
Shortbreads: In a separate
bowl whisk the flour, semolina, and the salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat
the butter until smooth (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until smooth
(about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour
mixture just until incorporated.
two-thirds of the shortbread into the bottom of the prepared pan. Then
evenly spread the mincemeat over the shortbread base, leaving a 1/4 inch border.
With the remaining
shortbread dough, using your fingers, crumble it over the top of the
mincemeat. Then lightly press the dough into the mincemeat.
Bake in the
preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Remove
from oven, place on a wire rack, and while still hot, cut into 16 squares.
Allow to cool completely in pan.
Makes about 16
Lawrence, Sue. 'On
Baking'. Kyle Cathie Limited. London: 1996.