dark chocolate and cranberry shorrtbread and spiced chocolate shortbread but until today I have not posted a basic shortbread recipe.
It might also be that I find regular shortbread to be quite dull. Maybe it was not always so. I blame my current disdain for shortbread on the months I spent working in a quiet office in Edinburgh. Most of my days there were spent gossiping and raiding the stocks of Walkers shortbread. However, I live with E who loves it with a passion that betrays his Scottish upbringing. Our little girl loves shortbread too.
Baxters family that make lovely soups and preserves. I was lucky enough to visit Fochabers in Scotland where their main factory is. Sadly it was too snowy to visit their Highland Village
The cookbook is full of traditional recipes. Most of the dinner recipes are meat. I have spent more time looking at the baking chapters. It is written for women who are skilled in the art of baking and don't need precision when it comes to cake tins, amounts of ingredients or baking times. I consider myself a competent cook and yet I find this sort of recipe challenging. I have tried the treacle scones once or twice and not got the (unspecified) amount of milk right.
Don't get me wrong. It was edible. Which was just as well. I had made it for a school lunch on Harmony Day. This is a day for children to wear their national dress and bring food from their family's country. Sylvia wore a tartan skirt and a t-shirt with the Scottish saltire on it. I had to pin them to fit with a safety pin or two.
It surprised me that Sylvia did not know what a safety pin was. I grew up helping changing my siblings' cloth nappies that were held together with safety pins. I guess they just don't feel safe enough for kids any more. Well I guess I did stick the safety pin into them occasionally. Oops!
racism damaging children recently which said that one-off multicultural events "can do more harm than good and reinforce rather than challenge negative attitudes and beliefs". I wonder how this plays out at Sylvia's school where there is a lot of diversity in the children's backgrounds. Today I heard about a nutrition presentation at the school where a child asked if the puppet presenter was fasting for Ramadan.
E's mother would also be delighted that I am using her cookbook to feed her son and granddaughter (and myself) a traditional biscuit that has been eaten for many generations in Scotland. So while plain old shortbread is not my favourite thing to eat, it is embedded in our family and can make me feel quite sentimental Which is a good reminder of why the simple foods are sometimes the most important to us.
I am sending this to Cates Cates for the Christmas in July theme this month for Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food. While shortbread can be enjoyed all year round, it is also a traditional festive treat and great for gifts..
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Carrot dinner rolls
Two years ago: RRC Show us your Cookbooks
Three years ago: MLLA Chickpea, potato and tomato stew
Four years ago: Syrup cake, shoes and chooks
Five years ago: Pear and Walnut Chutney
Six years ago: Chickpea cutlets and gluten strings
Seven years ago: Mulled Apple Juice for a Midwinter Birthday
From Edna Baxter's Scottish Cookbook
Makes about 54 small squares
250g plain white flour
125g rice flour
Preheat oven to 160 C or 325 F. Line a lamington or swiss roll tray with baking paper (mine is 31 x 24cm).
Use your hands (or pastry cutters) to rub butter into flours and sugar until thoroughly incorporated. The mixture will be soft lumps. Tip the mixture into into the prepared tray and use the back of a spoon or your hands to press it down firmly, evenly and flat. It might seem thin but thin is good. Mark squares (or fingers) by running a knife through the shortbread dough. Use a fork to poke holes in each piece.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Cool in the tray and then cut into squares or fingers as marked.
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