For anyone’s holiday pleasure that wants to make it, here is my great-grandfather’s Scottish Shortbread recipe.
1 lb of flour, preferably unbleached, this equals 4 cups
1 lb of butter and don’t you dare use margarine! That would be a crime!
¼ lb of brown sugar but I cheat and use a loosely packed cup which is more than a ¼ lb.
Cut a large rectangle of brown paper out of a paper bag and put it aside.
Combine all 3 ingredients by hand, no cheating with a mixer! Until it is a smooth, well mixed ball of dough.
Pat out flat on the brown paper about ½ inch thick. Prick with fork to break apart later or don’t and just break it into bits when done.
Place in 350 degree oven for around 15 minutes or until light tan. Do not slip a pan underneath. Just put the paper in the oven. The grease from the butter will prevent the paper from burning.
Remove from oven. Let cool a bit and serve with a nice cup of tea. I prefer Twining’s Prince of Wales.
Our great- grandfather was a professional baker and all our family bakes. So this is required for holidays.