This Irish Shortbread recipe makes these cookies one of the easiest to make. But there are a few tips that you need to know.
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We made Irish shortbread for St. Patrick’s day, served on Irish Belleek china with Assam tea, a tea commonly served in Ireland. The perfect thing for catching a leprechaun.
This is a popular cookie in England, Scotland and Ireland. In Ireland, there is a version called Petticoat Tails that are named this because they are baked in a circle and look like a petticoat when a wedge is cut from the circle. We used a tart pan to achieve the scalloped edges of the cookies so they would look like petticoats.
Shortbread requires only a few ingredients and comes together in minutes, so it is really easy to make. But the method and ingredients are a bit different from cookies that start by creaming butter and sugar together. They are made using what is called a “reverse creaming” method, and then baked in a round pan on a lower temperature for a long time.
TIPS FOR MAKING SHORTBREAD
- Use the best Ingredients – we list the brands in the recipe for a reason.
- Corn starch is added because it decreases the amount of protein in the dry ingredients and makes the cookies more tender.
- They are made using a reverse creaming method – the dry ingredients are mixed together and then the butter is added cold.
- Measure all the ingredients by weight – it’s more accurate and much easier.
- Use a tart pan with a removable bottom to give the cookies shape and make it easier to remove them from the pan once they are cooled.
- Use a cake pan to flatten the cookies before baking.
- Remove the center by placing a cookie cutter in the center and poke holes in them to let them bake more evenly.
- Bake the cookies for a longer time at a lower temperature, just until they start to brown.
- Allow them to cool completely before unmolding them.
After the cookies are cooled, they can be decorated with powdered sugar sifted over a stencil for a more formal presentation.
Irish shortbread for St. Patrick’s day, served with Assam tea (Irish breakfast tea). Like we said – the perfect bait for the leprechaun trap.
HOW THESE IRISH SHORTBREAD COOKIES FIT INTO OUR PLAN TO EAT BETTER
We have listed the brands for some of the ingredients because ingredients are everything. We have found that these brands give superior results. And by using brands like Horizon dairy products and Wholesome sugar we cut our carbon footprint in half and are helping to control climate change.
We use produce from the farmer’s market or a local farm stand. Locally grown fruit makes all the difference. Farmers who sell locally choose which variety to grow based on flavor instead of how well it survives transport and storage. It is picked when ripe, often just the day before, or the day of the market, so it tastes incredible. Buying local also creates a smaller carbon footprint in transportation, and it helps our local economy, giving jobs to people in our community.
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This is one of the things we discovered while traveling and recreated when we got back home. We researched the science and techniques behind the recipe and used tips from exceptional chefs. Then we used the best ingredients we could find to create this recipe. For more ideas, see our other posts about recipes inspired by travel.