8 hours ago
February 22, 2012
Mamas' Little Baby Loves Shortnin' Bread
I am an avid collector of cookbooks. Funny enough, Mr. G is my biggest advocate for my cookbook obsession. He loves my cooking and I often receive presents of cookbooks from his business travels. I have gorgeous cookbooks from New Mexico, Minnesota, antique books from New England…the list could go on and on. While on vacation in Ohio, Mr. G picked me up a small cookbook called Old Pioneer Recipes. I love this cookbook because it is a compilation of authentic pioneer recipes used on the homestead. The table of contents lists chapters on Black Kettle Meals, “Varmints”-wild game and meats, Breads ‘n Biscuits etc. It also has wonderful historical notes regarding pioneer cookery and life in those times. The first recipe that I chose to cook was Shortnin’ Bread. It is simple, delicious, and worth the try.
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups of butter, softened
Combine flour and sugar
Work the butter in gradually until well mixed
Place dough on a floured surface and pat out (do not roll) to a half-inch thickness
Cut into shapes with a glass or cookie cutter.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes
***I found that a 3/4 inch thickness worked better for this recipe
This Shortnin’ Bread reminded me of a less sweet version my grandmothers Scottish shortbread that I grew up eating. Mr. G and I enjoyed it with our afternoon coffee and Little C loved it as a finger food. I liked mine plain and Mr. G liked his with some homemade preserves slathered on top. Yummy! They are buttery, flaky, and not overly sweet. A perfect mix if you ask me. Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite cookbook?