Paul Hollywood’s chocolate chip shortbread petticoat tails

13 Feb


Have you seen the Great British Bake Off? I love it! An Australian version was short-lived but to be honest the British version really appealed to me. I love learning about the history of cakes and tarts – as a history and all-things-British nerd I find the back-story of the bakes fascinating.

So, one of the show’s judges recently released Paul Hollywood’s British Baking, a beautifully presented hardback book with lovely big pictures. The book is divided into chapters covering the different regions of the UK and the amazing baked goods that come from each area.

I couldn’t wait to make his chocolate chip petticoat tails – a buttery treat studded with dark choc. All the good. Make it. Make it now.



100g butter, diced, at room temperature

55g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

125g plain flour

20g semolina

55 g chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 150C and grease a 20cm fluted tart tin with removable base.

In bowl of electric mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth and pale. Add in flour and semolina and beat until just combined then stir in choc chips.

Do not overbeat, just beat until it comes together as a dough.

Press into the tin – you may think there’s not enough dough to cover the base but there is.

Use fork to gently prick all over, then place tin on a baking tray and bake for 22-ish minutes – you may need a bit longer depending on your oven but don’t overbake it.

Remove from oven then sprinkle with caster sugar, then cut into 8 triangles while still warm.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before carefully removing from tin.


41 Responses to “Paul Hollywood’s chocolate chip shortbread petticoat tails”

  1. Jurgen sventinel February 13, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    My wife made this. was really good. …..special work?

  2. cheergerm February 13, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    This looks fab, buttery goodness. I also love the informative baking back stories on The Great British Bake Off.

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      Isn\t it a great show? I am literally watching it as I type this response!

  3. kerrycooks February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Ooh this looks so yummy! You absolutely can’t beat chocolate chunk shortbread

    • thehungrymum February 16, 2015 at 10:26 am #

      choc chunk anything is pretty unbeatable in my book 😉

  4. MealsWithMel February 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Looks delish!! I wish I had a slice for breakfast right now 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

      Shortbread for breakfast? I like the way you think 🙂

  5. kimjoyh February 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    I love the great british bake off, shortbread and chocolate. This looks delicious. Yummmyyyy

    • thehungrymum February 23, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      isn’t GBBO the best? I love it but next week is the final – suspense is killing me!

  6. Deblet February 13, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Yummy.Met Paul when he was in CapeTown years ago he really is a shortie

    • thehungrymum February 16, 2015 at 7:07 am #

      Cool – I’d love to meet some of my baking heroes.

  7. emmaeatsitalian February 13, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    Yum! And so easy to make 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 23, 2015 at 6:28 am #

      yep, easy and fast and oh so impressive 🙂

  8. theveryhungrybaker February 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    I’ve yet to get this book, but I can’t wait until I do. Your shortbread looks DIVINE!

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

      Oh, thank you! I get sent heaps of cookbooks at work and many are duds butt this one is great – a real keeper.

  9. spiceinthecity February 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Oh wow! These look divine!

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

      Why, thank you 🙂 They were very yummy – I may have nibbled at them just a LITTLE bit x

  10. thehungrybuck February 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    The bake off is a must in our house over the summer. My Fiance loves it and its something I initially got into to give us something to talk about when we first met! However I am a big fan of Paul’s work. His books are great as he really does know his stuff as you would expect. His ‘Bread’ book is a staple in any collection. Nice post as always, looks like you had some fun with it!

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

      He seems to have a lot of cred from bakers and the fact his recipes work (I am amazed at how many celebrity chefs print recipes that are epic fails) speaks volumes. I haven’t seen ‘Bread’ – will have to check it out, even though making bread TERRIFIES me!

  11. Fae's Twist & Tango February 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    I love the name’petticoat tails’. 😛
    Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

  12. For The Love of Ghee February 13, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Oh Yum! I feel like reaching into your photo and grabbing a slice. I’m such a sucker for shortbread!

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

      Thanks! I love it too, and am trying to keep it as a year-round treat rather than just for Christmas.

  13. Sophie33 February 14, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    I love all of Paul’s recipes, he rocks! These shortbread with chocolate chips look so appetizing & yum! x

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 9:21 am #

      Thanks Sophie. This book is a real winner – so many must try recipes. Love new cookbooks 🙂

  14. chef mimi February 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    I’ve just recently heard of Paul Hollywood – it’s easy to remember his name! I usually don’t love shortbread because of the dryness, but with chocolate? I think I could choke it down!!! Great post!

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Thank you! The chocolate adds some moistness not usually found in shortbread.

  15. Choc Chip Uru February 15, 2015 at 4:18 am #

    It’s a pie but it is shortbread but it has chocolate chips… I am SO down for this 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      It is what you might call decadent and totally edible 🙂

  16. Sophie February 15, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    mmmmmm very tea time

    • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      This would totally work for afternoon tea 🙂

  17. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) February 16, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    I will admit I haven’t watched the show. But your shortbread looks fantastic, plus it has chocolate!!!!

    • thehungrymum February 16, 2015 at 7:11 am #

      Sara! Am shocked! I love it – It is so very British, everyone gets on famously and there are never any nasty words from judges – very jolly hockey sticks and all that jazz.

  18. Jess @ February 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    This shortbread looks dreamy! The GBBO is one of my favourite programmes – nothing quite like it! 😀 Definitely need to try this soon – looks lush!

    • thehungrymum February 19, 2015 at 1:02 am #

      isn’t it great!? LOve the fact that everyone is so supportive and it isn’t a mean reality show. Hope you get to make these soon 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 23, 2015 at 4:16 am #

      Thanks Jess! In Australia the semi-final of gbbo screened last night – nxt Sun is the final! So nervous for them all.

  19. Noémie's Kitchen February 18, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    My super nice boss bought these at the supermarket telling me this was his favourite ever. They were so disgusting that I think I’m going to make your recipe this week end to bring him a real treat! I can’t think how much crap they add to these supermarket cookies and biscuits to make them taste so bad! Thanks for the recipe 😉

    • thehungrymum February 23, 2015 at 4:09 am #

      haha! Love it! I can’t tell you the last time I bought supermarket bickies – they are so grim. Hope you made these for your boss 🙂

  20. Liz February 20, 2015 at 5:13 am #

    Good gosh, mum. That is just plain unfair to flaunt that chocolate chip cookie while I sit here late at night with no chance to bake one until tomorrow eve. Will have to go that long with your photos on my mind, but no cookie to satisfy what has become a very strong craving. This looks amazing! Do not know the Bake-Off show, but can imagine. Love that it has semolina and is also so flat. Drooling!!!!

  21. bakeplaysmile May 24, 2015 at 6:25 am #

    Delicious! I used to work with a lady who would always make us the best shortbread. Hehehe I watched the Great British Bake Off too and LOVED it! I’m definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party!!

    • thehungrymum May 24, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      I might make these again tomorrow to take in for my work friends! They vanished v quickly last time 😉

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