This is a super-simple, earthy tasting shortbread recipe that combines sweet and savory notes and smells unfathomably like Christmas!
Swap option: If you can't find cubeb pepper, replace with 2:1 ratio ground allspice and course ground black peppercorns.
For the Ghanaian Five-Spice Mix:
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Store in an airtight container. Will keep for a few months.
For the shortbread:1.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.2.
Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.3.
Mix in the flour and spice mix until you have a smooth dough.4.
Turn out on to a lightly floured work surface and gently roll out until the dough is 1/2-inch thick.5.
Cut into bars with a knife, or into your desired shapes using cutters, and place on a greased baking tray.6.
Sprinkle with icing sugar, if you like, and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.7.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until pale golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack and and sprinkle with powdered sugar once cooled, if desired.
Reprinted from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh, published by Mitchell Beazley. Copyright © 2017.