Justin brought home this antique wooden shortbread mould this week. It was only fair that it got tested out for quality control purposes before going on sale in our shop!
I’d made Scottish shortbread biscuits a couple of times recently and they don’t last very long chez H is for Home!
I normally use Delia Smith’s recipe where she uses semolina for a bit of a crunch, but I thought I’d try the one in the Great Big Cookie Book which uses cornflour, not semolina, and very pretty moulds that make rounds imprinted with a thistle.
There are lots of different variations - wholemeal flour, rice flour, oatmeal flour… you won’t go far wrong so long as you stick to the ratio of one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts flour. If you’d like to try the recipe I used, here are the instructions:
(Makes 2 large or 8 individual shortbreads)
Mmmmmm… shortbread petticoat tails with a mug of tea. I think we may just have to keep the mould!
Marks and Spencer are selling these Christmas biscuit selections…
…with gorgeous tins designed by Sanna Annuka.
Future classics with their vintage Scandinavian folk art feel.
She was responsible for this Swiss biscuit tin last Christmas - it’s currently changing hands for £15-£20… without the biscuits!
We’ve bought ours early this year - they’re sure to be popular again.
We’ll be giving a few tins as presents - but some will have to go under our own tree!!
They’ve also got a butter shortbread tin with a sweet little Scottie dog on the front.
We recently posted a blog featuring illustrations by Miroslav Sasek - we don’t know who designed this tin - but it also has a vintage feel is very reminiscent of his work.
Here are the actual illustrations from the book…
…published in 1961.
It’s not only going to be a tin-tastic Christmas in our house - looks like it’s going to be biscuit-tastic too!