HOW IT STARTED

My Story

Hello my name is Sass. I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease over 15 years ago. Back then, options were limited and I really struggled with my change to eating gluten free and finding alternatives for baked goods. 

 

I have always loved being in the kitchen so it was only natural that over the years I have sought out ingredients and ways to create delicious gluten free food. I am often told that you cannot tell my gluten free baking apart from "the normal..." so I dare you to give it go. 

Mid 2020, I was asked by my favourite gluten free flour company if I would become one of their at home test bakers. This involves confirming recipes where their flours are used. Of course I said yes! So you will see that I often reference FG Roberts in my baking. I use FG Roberts flours exclusively now because the results are consistent. 

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Scots Shortbread

No matter how much I try to be organised for Christmas, it always seems to sneak up! Put it down to working a full time job, a little side biz (not related to my cooking) and my baking obsession!


Luckily, it is never too late for a batch of shortbread. Even better, it can be made in advance and "panic baked" for last minute festive visitors or for gift giving.


This recipe is as close as my memory will serve to being like my grandmother's. Shortbread was one of her specialties and something I remember vividly from my childhood visits. Back then, Kaye's shortbread was made with wheat flour, so a little tweaking was needed to recreate my memory in a gluten free version.


I use a rice flour in this recipe. Please look for rice flour, not ground rice, the texture and flavour is distinctly different. My secret to this mix binding together is some whipping cream. Shhhhhh... totally weird huh? But trust me, it works a treat.


You can use a thermomix, food processor or stand mixer to mix this dough. I used Betty Blue, my stand mixer to make mine. Betty Blue?? did I hear you just say? C'mon who doesn't name ALL their kitchen appliances?


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Recipe

Scots Shortbread


Ingredients

275 grams plain gluten free flour ( I use FG Roberts brand)

65 grams rice flour

1/2 teaspoon salt flakes

¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

150 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature

100 grams caster sugar

4-6 tablespoons whipping cream


Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celcsius

  2. Line baking tray with baking paper

  3. In small bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, rice flour, salt and xanthan gum

  4. In a separate, large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light a creamy

  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until a loose dough starts to form

  6. Add the whipping cream, a teaspoon at a time and mix until the dough forms

  7. Turn the dough out and knead a little to create a smooth dough

  8. Shape into a flat disk and place between two sheets of baking paper

  9. Roll the dough out to about a centimetre thick

  10. Cut into the desired shapes, then prick with a fork

  11. Gently place onto the prepared baking sheet, a few centimetres apart

  12. Chill for at least ten minutes, to stop the shortbread spreading

  13. Bake until lightly golden brown on the edges and aromatic, about 25-30 minutes

  14. Allow to cool on the tray for five minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Some gluten free flours are thirstier than others, you may need more or less whipping cream added, to form your dough.


Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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