I really should rename the subtitle of my blog “Food, Family and Friends”. I can never bake, cook or create unless I think of wonderful memories and people. My friend Vanessa and I share a love of shortbread. We were both devastated when Panera Bread Company stopped baking their shortbread. They make a similar cookie, but now they frost it. Sorry, not the same thing.
I have been trying shortbread for years. I had shortbread with herbs, lavender, chocolate and lots of other things but I did not have the “perfect” recipe until now. No, seriously, I love this recipe. It takes so little time, uses so few ingredients, is so quick to make that I am almost embarrassed.
There is one ingredient that is a bit unusual, although I did have it in my pantry, it is rice flour. Yup. I got this recipe from a Scottsman, and after all aren’t they the experts? Vanessa, I’ll bring some to work on Monday, but head out to Kroger and pick up a small bag of rice flour and give this a shot.
Scottish Shortbread – the official recipe.
1-2/3 cups flour
1/2 cup rice flour
8 ounces of butter (and it can be right out of the fridge — no need to let it sit out.)
1/2 cup of sugar
Combine the ingredients in the bowl of your standing mixer, with the paddle attachment and mix until it all comes together into a ball.
Press the ingredients into an 8 x 8 inch pan, prick with a fork in any pattern you want and bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes.
Cute into 16 squares while they are still warm. Do not remove from pan until they are completely cool.
I think shortbread is better after sitting for a day — good luck keeping it that long.