Burrebrede (Scottish Shortbread)

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This is a medieval Scottish shortbread recipe. It has been a holiday favorite for my family and friends for years. The shortbread keeps very well in an airtight tin or tightly wrapped in tinfoil.

1
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup superfine sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¾ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter, softened

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice and salt. Divide into two equal parts, and set one aside. Add the flour and butter to the other half, and stir until blended. It should be slightly grainy.

  3. Press the dough evenly into an 8 inch square pan. Cut into 1x2 inch pieces using a knife, and prick with the tines of a fork. This will keep the shortbread from warping while baking. Sprinkle the reserved sugar and spice liberally over the top, brushing into all of the cuts and holes.

  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden at the edges. Do not brown. Cool completely in the pan, and break into pieces along the lines to serve.

Cook's Note:

This recipe is really designed to be baked in a shortbread pan, which I highly recommend.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

567 Calories
31g Fat
65g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 567
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 86mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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