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22 May 14

Cakes & Bakes: Nutty millionaire’s shortbread

Cakes & Bakes: Nutty millionaire’s shortbread

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nutty millionaire's shortbread

This nutty millionaire’s shortbread tastes SO much better than any I’ve ever bought from a shop. I happened to have bags of whole almonds and hazelnuts in the larder, but it would be equally as good if you made it using pecans, Brazil nuts or walnuts. Cashew butter instead of peanut in the shortbread could be a good alternative to try too!

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7 December 13

Charity Vintage: Scottish shortbread moulds


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29 October 13

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15 April 12

Scottish Shortbread

ball of homemade Scottish shortbread dough with antique wooden shortbread mould, vintage pottery mixing bowl and cookery book open on the page with Scottish shortbread recipe

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!

uncooked homemade Scottish shortbread dough moulded into a round

I’d made Scottish shortbread biscuits a couple of times recently and they don’t last very long chez H is for Home!

reshly cooked homemade Scottish shortbread round with vintage Lord Nelson Pottery caster sugar storage jar

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)

  • 175g/6oz/¾ cup plain flour
  • 50g/2oz/½ cup cornflour
  • 50g/2oz/¼ caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 115g/4oz/½ cup unsalted butter, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Lightly flour the mould and line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper
  2. Sift the flour, cornflour and sugar into a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour & sugar mixture until it binds together and you can knead it into a soft dough
  3. Place the dough into the mould and press to fit neatly (I went over it a couple of times with a rolling pin). Invert the mould on to the baking sheet and tap firmly to release the dough shape (I had to give mine a big old bang on our kitchen table!)
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until pale golden in colour
  5. Sprinkle the top of the shortbread with a little caster sugar and cool on a baking sheet
  6. Cut the larger rounds into ‘petticoat tails’ while still warm

freshly cooked homemade Scottish shortbread cut into petticoat tails with a mug of tea

Mmmmmm… shortbread petticoat tails with a mug of tea. I think we may just have to keep the mould!

26 October 10

Tin-tastic!

trio of Marks & Spencer biscuit tins designed by Sanna Annukka

Marks and Spencer are selling these Christmas biscuit selections…

Marks & Spencer chocolate chunk selection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

…with gorgeous tins designed by Sanna Annuka.

Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

Future classics with their vintage Scandinavian folk art feel.

Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

She was responsible for this Swiss biscuit tin last Christmas - it’s currently changing hands for £15-£20… without the biscuits!

detail from a Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka showing a Swiss milk maid

We’ve bought ours early this year - they’re sure to be popular again.

detail from a Marks & Spencer chocolate chunk selection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka showing alpine trees

We’ll be giving a few tins as presents - but some will have to go under our own tree!!

Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin

They’ve also got a butter shortbread tin with a sweet little Scottie dog on the front.

detail from Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin showing a black Scottish terrier with a red tartan collar and lead and an envelope in his mouth

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.

detail from Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin showing legs of two mean and a woman and small flock of pigeons

Here are the actual illustrations from the book…

illustration of a Scottish terrier from vintage book,

…published in 1961.

illustration of a Scottish terrier from vintage book,

It’s not only going to be a tin-tastic Christmas in our house - looks like it’s going to be biscuit-tastic too!

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh