Recipe Post: Scottish Shortbread

Shortbread, especially Scottish Shortbread, is one of those “simple to learn, but a lifetime to master” recipes. There are modern shortbread recipes (and in fact I posted one just the other day, for my Meyer Lemon-Cardamom Shortbread Bars), and there is whipped shortbread, which is light and airy and melts in your mouth; it’s a…

Tips for Better Baking: Butter and Eggs

Everyone probably has a baking horror story or two in their repertoire, of cakes that came out flat, or custards that curdled, or muffins you could have chipped teeth on.  In conversation a couple of years ago with a chef acquaintance, he and I agreed with the statement that, while cooking is a science, baking…