Le. Mme bakes...

July 09, 2010 Candace Morris 6 Comments

Yes, I am baking (as in dying of heat) in my home, but that is not my point.  I shall do my best to refrain from complaints regarding my copious glistening and inability to find somewhere to swim.

Moving on.

The other night, the proper saint wandered out of his office in search of a proper snack to accompany his proper Earl Grey.*  He bemoaned the absence of tea biscuits in our cupboard.  Little did he remember that he had made proper mention of said biscuit lack the week before, and I had written, "Make Shortbread" on my domestic "honey-do" list.  

Normally I would refrain from baking during the summer, but this particular night was rather rainy and cold and seemed a perfect time to whip up a batch of something instead of spending the night complaining about being cold while watching some nonsense on the tele.  

Obviously, I like to complain about the weather.
Moving on.

So I DID! I made the saint's mother's recipe, which really has the quaintest little story attached to it.  The recipe resides in a little book she made me one year.  She hand wrote many of the family's favorite recipes (one might think that a wise move on a mother-in-law's part, for surely it would decrease the frequency of annoying phone calls...but let's not forget who we are dealing with here.  This is THE SAINT'S MOTHER, so she would just love it if I called frequently) so we could have them at our disposal.  

Do let me transcribe it for you now.
Wait, I need to grab one to nibble.

Scotch Shortbread Cookies
"Grandma Rosenquist's [the saint's grandmother] neighbor, Gloria Seibert, made these for our family every Christmas.  We loved it so much we would hide it from each other.  Finally, I asked Gloria how to make them (and she shared her recipe!)."

  • 1 cup real butter (NO SUBSTITUTIONS!)
  • 5/8 cup sugar (that's 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
Mix together butter and sugar thoroughly.

Add flour.  Stir with wooden spoon at first, but the "scotch secret" (according to Gloria) is to USE YOUR HANDS to continue kneading in all of the flour (it will be absorbed) until it forms a ball.  Roll about half of it to 1/2" thickness (I like to gently roll a springerle rolling pin over it at this point to create shapes and designs). Cut into desired shapes (squares are traditional) and bake at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


(No matter the weather!)

*Joel has been reviewing old Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes.  Therefore, whenever he makes a pot of Earl Grey tea (biweekly at the least), he is simply compelled to say, "Earl Grey, hot" in his best Captain Picard accent (biweekly at the VERY least).  What an adorable dork.

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