26th July 2016
Our baker Red, has been very busy over the last few months making delicious treats in our tearoom. Many of you may have seen her delightful Scottie Dog shortbread which has been a huge hit. We caught up with her to find out more.
I promised some lovely tourists I would feature our shortbread on this month’s blog as they had enjoyed it so much! Wee Wallace, our ‘Shortdog’ is so popular we are daily producing over a hundred in the tearoom bakery!
With this month’s recipe you can make your very own shortbread creation, and my tip of the month will make sure it’s the best you’ve ever tasted.
It will definitely taste better than the original Scottish short bread, which was made from left over bread dough (hence its name) and oatmeal sprinkled with sugar and baked until very hard. I’m looking forward to National Shortbread Day on the 6th January, hopefully you’ll all be enjoying making your own by then too!
175 gms Caster sugar
280 gms Unsalted butter
480 gms Plain flour
You can either make by hand, or use an electric mixer on a slow setting.
In the mixer
Red’s top baking tip
For the crumbliest, lightest delicate texture in your shortbread handle and mix as little as possible, and do not knead! Rather than rolling it out, flatten it out gently with the heel of your hand (‘heeling’ is a very traditional shortbread technique) and when the desired thickness is achieved lightly roll with a rolling pin to smooth out if desired.