It's one of those unique shows where we can easily get attached to the characters; upstairs and downstairs. I adore Mrs. Hughes for her compassion, sensibility, and take control manner; she never disappoints me. Likewise, Mrs. Pattmore is just as likeable in a more hectic way and being a baker, I can so appreciate the modern conveniences I've come to rely on that she did not have. In honor of her and Mrs. Hughes, I made these Shortbread Biscuits and would gladly love to have tea with them and discuss their views of the culture and customs of England during this time period.
Simple Shortbread Biscuits
1 1/4 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour (plain flour)
1/4 cup + 1T granulated (caster) sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, measure the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Add the butter and using a pastry blender, cut it into the flour mixture.
When the mixture resembles "sand," use your hand to continue to rub it into the flour and form the dough.
Place dough on a lightly floured board and roll to 1/4-inch thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut rounds and place on the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with more granulated sugar, or as I have done, use flavored sugars--Lemon, Chocolate, and Cinnamon/Vanilla.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Now, I know Mrs. Pattmore would not have this colorful apron, but considering the harsh weather some of the country has endured, I think she'd approve.
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