National Shortbread Day at Mires Beck
National Shortbread Day is a recognition of a classic Scottish treat.
Did you know, that shortbread is made of: 1 part white sugar, 2 parts butter and 3 parts flour?
Modern recipes now add to these 3 ingredients by splitting the sugar equally of granulated sugar and powdered sugar, then adding salt. Plain white (wheat) flour is used, although some bakers use ground rice or cornflour for the texture.
It is called 'shortbread' because of its crumbly texture. The high-fat content from the butter in the recipe makes the shortbread have a "short" crumbly texture.
It was prepared a lot during the 12th Century, but Mary Queen of Scots was recognised for making new shortbread recipes during the 16th Century. It was very expensive to make, so shortbread was only made as a luxury on special occasions.
FUN FACT: In Shetland, they traditionally break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride when her and her husband enter their new home!
At Mires Beck, Janet will be making lots of shortbread for us all to share!
You could make shortbread, and promote your own fundraiser by asking your friends and family to donate money to our Just Giving page for one of your shortbread! We would also, of course, love to see all of the delicious shortbreads you have been making.