Happy Burns Nicht everybody!
Being a Scot in England, I sometimes feel almost obliged to celebrate Burns night more vehemently than I would have done in the homeland…but it’s a bit difficult when the Big Man isn’t keen on the auld haggis, neeps and tatties combo and you have an extremely fussy eater of a 3-year-old who I can’t even imagine trying haggis. Even if I told him it is a funny little round 4-legged critter that runs lopsided about the glens.
So, I opted for something different today and tried my hand at shortbread for the first time. I was a wee bit nervous about this as it seems like it may be easy to get very wrong, but I put my trust in my new favourite baking bible. No, not Mary Berry or the Hairy Bakers or any of those fowk aff the telly. It’s a fab wee children’s baking book the Wee Man and I got out of the library. It’s called My Cookbook of Baking by Laura and Jess Tilli. So far, we have made jam tarts (yummy) and coconut jammy squares (extra yummy with fluffy light sponge star points) from this book and so I decided to trust them with my first stab at shortbread. Hooray! They did it again. This book is fab, it’s full of yummy and easy baking recipes. I may have to buy one…
Anyway, here is a pic of my first ever batch of jammy shortbread biscuits. There are a few less left than there were when this was taken…
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit
Rabbie Burns 1759 – 1796