Apparently, shortbread is the traditional bridal cake in Scotland and it's one of the easiest and most satisfying sweets you can make. It only has three ingredients so what are you waiting for?
Get a large bowl and sieve 9 oz of plain flour into it. Add 3 oz of caster sugar and mix well. Then add 6oz of best butter, rub it in and knead into a smooth paste. Divide into two pieces and press each one into a 7 inch tin. It should be about half and inch thick (that's just over a centimetre).
Bake in a moderate oven, 180°C, 350°F, gas 4 for about 20-30 minutes until pale gold.
When you remove the shortbread from the oven, mark it into portions whilst it's still soft and you can prick it with a fork too. Sprinkle with caster sugar and leave to cool.
As Scotland developed as a nation, it needed a national symbol. The early Picts and Scots modelled themselves on Saint Andrew and so this was the country's choice.
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