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Shortbread

Classically Scottish, like me! 

I have used this recipe various times, in various ways. But this is the classic Macrae family shortbread recipe. Enjoy, and don't forget to share it with your friends and family.


Ingredients

340g plain flour

250g butter

115g caster sugar

115g corn flour

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon juice


Method

Put your oven on to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas 4

Get a bowl. Put everything in this bowl. Mix it with your hands. 

Take it out the bowl once it has become a dough, then put onto a lightly floured surface. I like to split the mixture in half as it makes it easier. Roll the mix into a sausage about an inch an a half in diameter (to be fair, you can make it any size you want, it's your shortbread). 

Slice 1 inch thick pieces and lay them on a baking tray, evenly spaced. Bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the bottoms are slightly brown. 

Take out, cool on a wire rack. While they are cooling, sprinkle some caster sugar over the top. 

Eat and enjoy! 

See you soon

Colin x

p.s. here is a song to remind you how it's done. It's old, but gold! 

Vegan Digestives

Don't get bitter, just get non dairy butter

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This week, it's time to grab your non dairy butter and hit the kitchen with a new recipe! The reason I create vegan recipes is to share with the folks at work, but also to challenge myself to make the flavours work in a similar way to their OG counterparts. Plus, this recipe helps with a double ended recipe for valentines day. 


Ingredients

200g wholemeal flour

120g Dark Muscavado Sugar

50g Oats

2tsp baking powder

50g vegan butter

50g veggie shortening

4 tbsp vegan milk 


Method

Throw everything into a bowl and mix with your hands. Seriously... that's it. you can mix gradually, but it all has to end up in the bowl at some point. Get stuck in. Form a dough with the mixture. If its too sticky, add some flour, if its dry, add more milk. Easy.

Flour a surface (with some leftover wholemeal flour) and roll the dough flat to 5mm thick. Take a cookie cutter of your size and choice and cut out what you desire. For obscure shapes, examples- stars, unicorns, mars curiosity rover- chill your cut out cookies in the fridge for 30 minutes so they retain their shape in the oven, as the baking powder will give it a wee puff up, nobody wants a puffy rover. 

Pop into the oven at 175ºC/350ºF/Gas 4 for 10-15 minutes until they start to go a little brown on the outside. 

Cool on a wire rack. Serve with a cup of English Breakfast Tea, or dip in some melted dark chocolate for that extra fancy twist. 

That's it! 

Stay tuned for a cheesecake base recipe next week. 

See you soon

x