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Scotch Shortbread

I’ve already told you everything about my Scottish holidays, but it was time to show you a real Scottish recipe. It is a real Scottish dish, as written Scottish Cookery by Margaret Fairlie. Just a note. When you buy shortbread cookies in airport they’re sold into rectangular boxes with castles and tartan on it and they have a rectangular shape as well. Travelling around Scotland I’ve seen mostly shortbread made in a triangular shape, as a slice of a cake. This is the shape I have chosen to bake my cookies.

Shortbread and Black bun are traditionally eaten on  Hogmanay, a celebration which originated in France in the 17th century when the two countries were linked in the ‘auld alliance’. Hogmanay is known in parts of Scotland as Cake day.


  • sieved plain flour, 125 gr
  • rice flour, 60 gr
  • caster sugar, 60 gr
  • butter, 125 gr
  • a pinch of salt

Combine flours and sugar and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Work in softened and diced butter until the dough is the consistency of shortcrust. Sprinkle a working surface with rice flour. Turn dough on to board and knead till smooth. Cut into potions and shape rounds. This amount will make four – five small rounds. Cut into 4 slices each round.

Place on baking paper in a baking tin. Prick with a fork. Put in oven at 180°C and cook until cakes begin to colour. Allow to cool in the tin.


I’m really proud of you! I still remember when I used to hold you and cuddle you as a young baby, your smell was milk and talcum powder, you were soft and fragile, but in your eyes strength and irony were already burning, such as now, as a young woman, strong and brave, confident on your choices and open and curious towards everything that life will offer you! Happy birthday Claudia!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Thank you for coming! and try this recipe, I’m curious to know what you think about these shortbread cookies!

  2. They look very nice.
    Is it possible to use something else instead of rice flour, because I haven’t got this and Im not sure that I could find this in Eilat.

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