As you may remember, I am only posting on M&M about once per month. We have a baby coming and we’re preparing!
In addition, you may also remember that I’ve become a serious Outlander fan in 2016. Per the recommendation of several friends, I finally got around to reading Diana Gabaldon’s books. Recently, I finished the EIGHTH book — arghhhh now I have to wait for the ninth book — and I really enjoyed all of them.
The Starz television adaptation of Outlander has begun filming their third season, so I’m reminded of Outlander often through social media. I’ve posted two Outlander-related recipes in the past (Outlandish Oatmeal and Sassenach Stew).
Of course, I wanted to make some bannocks. In the books, bannocks are biscuit-like baked goods that are eaten mostly at breakfast (and sometimes dinner too). What I didn’t know was that there are several types of bannocks, depending on the region of Scotland. In my stew recipe, I tell you about the Scottish Mill Shop near Hilton Head Island, SC, where I found a few cool Scottish items. One of these items is a small book entitled, Favourite Scottish Tea Time Recipes. This recipe is adapted from that book.
The bannocks in this recipe are more like typical shortbread cookies with ginger. They are a delicious treat! You can add different spices and mix-ins to customize the bannocks for your own needs.
Outlander Pitcaithly Bannocks (Ginger Shortbread)Course: Uncategorized
1 c. organic flour
1/2 c. non-hydrogenated shortening, like Spectrum or Nutiva (or vegan butter)
1/4 c. organic sugar
1 tsp. vanilla-infused bourbon (click here to learn more!)
2 T. sliced almonds, chopped
1-2 T. candied ginger, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Cream the shortening, vanilla, and sugar until the mixture is very soft. Add the flour, then the almonds and ginger. The dough should be soft.
- Form the dough into a round disk about five inches in diameter and about 1.5 inches thick. Place the disk on the prepared baking sheet and poke it with a fork several times.
- Bake the giant cookie for 40-60 minutes, until it is lightly brown on top. Once it has cooled, cut it like a pizza into slices.