Friday, 11 November 2011

Scottish Shortbread! The Virtual Food & Wine Festival!

I'm SO excited to be joining the Virtual Food & Wine Festival over at Focused on the Magic! A big big Thank You!! to Debs for asking me to take part! :D

Focused on the Magic

As many of you may know ... I'm Scottish! And super proud to be so too :) 
So what better treat from around the world to share with you than Scottish Shortbread!

To be honest, this was my first time making it from scratch, I usually just buy it and never thought to make my own at home! When I researched recipes I couldn't believe how easy it was to make lol! You only need three ingredients: caster sugar (or superfine sugar in the US - Thanks for the tip Debs!), butter and flour ... yep ... that's it!

First, pre-heat your oven to 150C (around 300F) Then pop 175g flour and 5 tablespoons of caster (or superfine) sugar into a bowl and give it a stir. Then add 175g softened butter and mix it all together! (I warmed my butter in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften it up, but be careful not to melt it!)

Be patient, keep mixing, and you'll end up with something like this! :)

Whilst plain shortbread is classic and traditional, it's a bit plain for me so I added some chocolate chunks! You can spice it up any way you like! :) You could used different chocolate, raisins, berries, anything! :)

Grease a baking pan with butter and press in the mixture ...

And pop it in the oven for around 30-40 mins ...

Keep an eye on it, you'll know it's ready when the top is a light goldeny brown colour :) Tah dah!

Leave it to cool fully and then cut into chunks to serve! :)

I was too impatient and served mine while it was still warm! You can see it's still a bit moist on the inside, it's really supposed to be sort of 'melt in the mouth' crumbly, so it's best to try to let it cool completely! :)

The cool thing about shortbread is you can make it in different forms, the one above was quite thick. If you take the same mixture and roll it out using some flour so it doesn't stick, you can also make thin biscuit-like shortbread! I did this for Halloween - using some cookie cutters I make these creepy shortbread shapes! Because the mixture is thinner, it takes less time in the oven too - it's like baking cookies but much quicker and easier! :)

This is definitely a recipe I'll use often! I had no idea shortbread was so easy to make! :)

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know if you try it yourself! :D

Once again, a BIG Thank You to Debs from Focused on the Magic for having me as part of her Virtual Food & Wine Festival! Please be sure to check out the rest of her awesome blog! You can also find her on Twitter at @Debsdistwit!

Also, please check out everyone else who's taken part in the Festival! :D And also ... why not join in yourself! Do you have a recipe from around the world you'd like to share? Link up below! :D


Happy Friday everyone! Hope y'all have an awesome weekend! :)


Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

I love shortbread but was always so afraid to make it! You make it look so easy!! I'm definitely going to try your recipe. It looks delicious!!

For everyone in the US, Castor Sugar is called Superfine sugar here;)

Manda said...

Oooh :) Thanks for the tip about the sugar! :D I'll add that in above in case people don't see out comments :)

I hope you try it Debs! It's yummy! :D Thank you so much for having me as part of the festival! :)

Heidi said...

Yum! We occasionally buy shortbread cookies, but it would be more fun to make our own! We'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Looks delish! I really envy your clean oven. Wow!

Manda said...

Hope you try it out Heidi! :D Thanks dizzneemomma! :P I have to admit that super clean oven is my mums handy work not mine!! :P

:DISTherapy said...

Look at that butter- no wonder it tastes so good!!!!