Scottish Short Bread Recipe
One of the traditional accompaniments to tea and a quick serve when you have guests during the holiday season such as Christmas is home made Scottish biscuits. The other name of these crunchy delights is short bread and they are a great reminder of sweet moments with family and being at home.
It is likely that you can find a short bread recipe in virtually any area where people gather together. Different family members will have encountered different versions of the same thing. In this article you will find the most basic recipe and you are welcome to make amendments and add your own ingredients to make it uniquely yours.
The ingredients you require are: one cup of butter, a quarter teaspoon of salt, half a cup of sugar, half a cup of icing sugar, 2 cups of all purpose flour. Since this is a baking recipe you will need to have the baking pan for the cookie mixture. The method for making the short bread is: mix the flour, the sugar, the icing sugar, and the salt evenly and then blend them together with the butter.
Beat the mixture until it develops a thin cream like texture. Though you may use a mixer to do this, the hand mixed mixture always tends to develop a much more traditional taste. Once the mixture is finely and evenly mixed you are ready to start baking.
Before you start you can pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees. Take your greased baking pan and spread the mixture on it thinly. Put it into the oven for about six minutes, and then remove it. To create the decorative pattern on the top, use a fork to make small indentations on the top spreading them out as you like. Then you can pop the pan back into the oven and bake the cookies at 150 degrees C for about 25 to 30 minutes or until they have a cooked beige hue (this mixture only cooks, but will not turn golden brown).
Once baked remove from the oven and cut them into different cookie shapes with a cookie cutter. Then allow them to stand so that they can cool for about an hour or more so that they are hard as cookies should be. The thing that takes everyone right back to their grandmother’s kitchen with this crunchy snack is the way that you serve the cookies. You can select any one way that works for you.
I hope you enjoyed the short bread recipe.