Vanilla Sablés

I was looking for something simple as an accompaniment when I baked Blackcurrant Bakewell so I had a go at these Vanilla Sablés from my Great British Bake Off recipe book (page 78).


“Very rich, crisp, sandy-textured biscuits, sablés are the French equivalent of shortbread.”

What you’ll need: IMG_1604

200g plain flour
Pinch of salt
75g icing sugar
140g unsalted butter, chilled & diced
3 medium free-range egg yolks
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Beaten egg, to glaze

What you do:

Put the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl and use a food processor to combine.

Vanilla Sables

Now, I don’t have a full on proper food processor but I do have a twenty-year-old hand mini blender thing and as my electric whisk died a death on me last week, beggars can’t be choosers! With a bit of perseverence it did the trick.

Add the egg yolks and vanilla and mix until it makes a firm ball.

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Remove from bowl and make into a disc shape approx 2.5cm thick, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 180°c.

Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll out till approx 4mm, and cut out your dough shapes. Place them on your baking tray slightly apart.

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Brush lightly with the beaten egg and prick each round with a fork. Brush again with the egg.

Lightly score the tops in a cross shape with the side of a fork. Bake for approx 11 – 15 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool to firm up. Enjoy!

Vanilla Sables

 In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed with this recipe. It only asked for 3/4 tsp of vanilla, but as I like to taste it I added a little more, but even so, you couldn’t taste the vanilla. They were a bit bland. They had a nice shortbread/biscuit texture but no real definable taste.


  1. 22nd November 2015 / 11:02 am

    I’ve never heard of these before. They have a lovely colour. I too have made improvised use of a hand blender in the past! 🙂

    • 22nd November 2015 / 6:19 pm

      You learn something new every day!
      That hand blender did a really good job actually lol 😉

  2. 22nd November 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Will you be baking these again Lindsay? Just wondering what you would use instead of the vanilla. They do look good!

    • 22nd November 2015 / 6:17 pm

      I might have another go with another flavour. The GBBO book has recipes for Coconut and Rum versions but I don’t fancy either of these….

      • 22nd November 2015 / 6:27 pm

        Urgh no, don’t blame you!

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