Classic Scottish Shortbread Recipe

Classic Scottish Shortbread

 

 

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This Scottish Short Bread Recipe was a 2013 award winner at the Sarasota Highland Games.  It’s a very traditional and simple recipe that can be added to or embellished any way you want.

Set oven to 325° with rack in the center

Scottish shortbread recipe ingredients, this recipe is a simple formula of 1-2-3:

  1. ½ cup of granulated sugar
  2.  1 cup = 2 sticks = ½# of Butter
  3. 1½  cups of all purpose flour

You can make larger batches just multiply the ingredients equally.
001Put the sugar and the butter into a mixer and cream them.  Once creamed begin to slowly add the flour003Add all the flour and continue to mix at medium speed until the batter is well mixed and begins to form a ball.004Depending on how you are going to make the cookies either take batter out of the bowl onto a floured surface roll to about a ¼” thick use a cookie cutter and place on a ungreased sheet pan lightly poked holes into cookies with the tines of a fork.  Cook for about 25 – 30 until edges begin to lightly brown and transfer  to a wire rack and cool completely.006008Or you take a small scoop I use either a #100 (orange) or a # 40 (orchid) and place the balls on an ungreased sheet pan.  Take a floured fork and lightly press down on the cookie ball.  Cook for appox 28 minutes until the edges begin to lightly brown.  Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.009Or you take the batter and press into a shortbread mold, just follow the baking instructions that come with it.

Here’s a few things that will help make baking these cookies a little easier

 

Zeroll Universal Small EZ Disher Food/Ice Cream Scoop, Orange
KitchenAid KP26M1XPM Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Pearl Metallic
Brown Bag Scottish Thistles Shortbread Pan
Personalized Scottish Thistle Glass Cookie Jar

 

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Th’ king o’ biscuits oor hielan shortbread.  A treat a’ year round bit especially at yule.  I give it 5 paws all the time.

 

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Tuna and Pasta Salad

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Tuna and Pasta Salad

Tuna and Pasta salad a very simple and delicious dish easy to make and great warm or cold.

Ingredients for the Tuna & pasta salad:

  1. 12 oz can of Tuna
  2. Appox 6-8 oz Wish Bone Italian Dressing ( we’ve tried others but nothing seems to match the flavor of this one)
  3. 1 large or 2 medium red onions diced
  4. 4-6 oz grated parmesan cheese
  5. fresh cracked pepper
  6. 1# medium pasta shells003

For the tuna and pasta salad place salted water in a large stock pot and cook the pasta.  When cooked drain .  We use a pot with a teflon interior so we can use to mix all the ingredients saving another large bowl to clean up.  Put the pasta back in the bowl add the other ingredients mix thoroughly making sure to break up the Tuna. Serve.  Can be kept in the refrigerator but you should add more dressing to it and mix before serving.004

This is the basic recipe, My daughter is a purist and will brook no additions to the recipe, but feel free to explore.  Diced red, green yellow peppers, diced tomatoes,diced green chilies. broccoli florets or who knows.005

Here’s something to make cooking a little easier:
T-fal A9228064 Specialty Nonstick 12-Quart Stockpot Dishwasher Safe Stock Pot Cookware, Black
Wish Bone Salad Dressing, Robusto Italian, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna In Oil (866063) 12 oz

 

 

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Chicken with Tomato Vinaigrette

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Chicken with Tomato vinaigrette

 

Chicken with Tomato Vinaigrette

For a change of pace try this recipe for a delicious tangy chicken.

For the chicken with tomato vinaigrette you can use either a whole chicken cut into pieces or chicken breasts bone in or out (if you do use boned chicken breast you’ll have to adjust the cooking time).

Ingredients

  1. Whole Chicken cut into pieces lightly salt and peppered
  2. 4 tbs butter
  3. 2 or 3 tbs olive oil or any cooking oil
  4. 8 peeled whole cloves of garlic
  5. 1 cup cider vinegar
  6. 1 cup chicken stock
  7. 2 tbs tomato paste
  8. 1-14 oz can diced tomatoes plain
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. sprig of thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  11. 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Recipe Directions

Lightly salt and pepper the chicken and add 2 tbs of the butter and the olive oil to a saute pan large enough to accommodate all the pieces and lightly brown the chicken on both sides. When brown set aside and keep warm.

Lower heat to medium and add the garlic to the pan and cook lightly about 5 minutes.  Deglaze the pan with the cider vinegar and let it reduce by half.  Put chicken back into pan and add the chicken stock, tomato paste, the can of tomatoes with juice, bay leaf and thyme.  Set to a simmer and cook uncovered until chicken is done probably about 20- 30 minutes {if using boned breasts cooking time will be much less}.

When chicken is done remove to a plate and keep warm, turn heat up on pan and reduce the sauce by about a 1/3.  Once reduced, strain the liquid pressing to get all the flavor out of the mixture add the remaining butter and whisk in to give the sauce a gloss.  Pour sauce over chicken and sprinkle some parley over all, taking left over sauce to a gravy boat to place on the table.

Here something to make cooking a little easier!
Cuisinart 733-30H Chef’s Classic Stainless 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Cover
OXO Good Grips Nylon Balloon Whisk

 

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Well he was on the right track, but I’m not a “sour pup”,skip the sauce and just bring on the chicken.  3 paws for the effort 

 

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