Cooking On A Budget: Scotch Shortbread

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Scotch Shortbread


While looking for something else I stumbled upon a single page of typewriter recipes that were some of my mom's favorite baking recipes. Here is her 3 ingredient recipe for Scotch Shortbread:
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  1. In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the sugar in gradually and blend well. Mix in the flour.
  2. Now that I have made this I suggest wrapping the dough in plastic wrap and form as disc as you would for pie crust. Chill for about 20 minutes, then do the next step. This will make it easier all the way around.
  3. Pat the mixture into a round cake pan or an 8 x 8 baking dish, pinch an edge all the way around and prick all over with a fork.
  4. Chill at least 1/2 hour.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake for 45 minutes longer until it is a pale gold brown.
  6. While still warm cut into small wedges - approximately 16 small wedges.

I remember devouring this - can you blame me? Nothing but buttery goodness - yummy. This is a very budget friendly recipe. You can take this flaky buttery recipe to higher levels by cutting in larger wedges and topping it with some fresh fruit and whipped cream.
And getting butter on sale for $2.50 for one pound makes this recipe so inexpensive. The butter, sugar and flour came out to $2.25 total. If you get sixteen wedges that is only .14 cents per wedge. Of course you can cut these larger and use for a dessert as mentioned earlier.

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