It’s National Shortbread Day! Sharing 3 ideas to enjoy shortbread on this delicious day.
Don’t despair my friends.
While the hoopla of Christmas and New Year’s Eve might be waning, we can extend the recent festivities by celebrating National Shortbread Day today!
It’s almost as if the Powers-that-Be who determine all the ‘National’ days knew we needed a little something to look forward to after the end of the Holiday season.
There are a whole bunch of these ‘National’ days that I rather scoff at…like ‘National Toothache Day’, which funnily enough occurs just several days before Valentine’s Day, or ‘National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day’…what the heck is that about?
But throw a ‘National Shortbread Day’ at me and I can be all shortbread all day without any problem!
Did you know:
Shortbread was developed in the medieval times as a way to use up the leftover dough from bread making. The leftovers were slowly dried out in a low-temperature oven until a ‘rusk’ formed. Over time, the yeast was replaced by butter and shortbread was created.
Given the inclusion of butter, Shortbread was a luxury for the common folks and was reserved for special occasions like Christmas, New Years and Weddings.
Walkers Shortbread, the standard-bearer in the Shortbread world, began its history in the Scottish Highlands in 1898, when 21-year old Joseph Walker set out to make the finest shortbread in the world.
As demand for his Shortbread increased, he expanded his business by moving to a larger shop in the Speyside village of Aberlour, Scotland where it remains today.
Joseph’s original commitment to ‘make the finest shortbread in the world’ remains the guiding principle of the company, who has never sacrificed on the quality of its 4 simple ingredients: butter, flour, sugar, and salt.
If you’re already starting to crave shortbread from that wee history lesson, you’re in luck! Walkers Shortbread is giving my followers an exclusive discount. Use code NNSB to get 25% off your next purchase on Walkers’ website through Jan. 13 to help you celebrate National Shortbread Day all week long.
Let’s dive into a few other ways you can celebrate National Shortbread Day today:
- Of course, the easiest, no-brainer and most traditional way to enjoy your shortbread is with your cup of tea (or your cuppa). Like Fred and Ginger or Peanut Butter and Jelly, Walkers Vanilla Shortbread pairs very well with your favorite tea or coffee.
It’s the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up, especially when you’ve got a lovely fire going in the fireplace.
- What is a family game night without a quick and easy dessert? Sandwich a little bit of ice cream between 2 Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds for a delightful treat.
I rolled a log of ice cream in a piece of saran wrap, chilled it and then sliced the ice cream into rounds. Also, chill your shortbread rounds in the freezer before you sandwich the ice cream. Once assembled, put your Shortbread Ice Cream Cookies back in the freezer on the plate you will be serving until you are ready to serve them.
- And then, if you are feeling especially decadent on this National Shortbread Day, whip up a little caramel dip to pair with your Pure Butter Shortbread fingers. Their long slender shape seems made just for dipping into something yummy. And it’s easily stored so it can be enjoyed again tomorrow, maybe as an after school or after work treat!
This caramel dip was easy to make…salted caramel blended with cream cheese in a 2:1 ratio.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy shortbread?
Love Walkers as much as I do? Check out how my husband and I planned an outing to view some of the gorgeous fall leaves in my neighborhood and brought Walkers with me to snack on.
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