Thursday, April 28, 2011

BUCKINGHAM PALACE SHORTBREAD - Perfect for your Afternoon Tea!

With the Royal Wedding almost here .....I thought I'd repost this recipe for all the Wedding Tea Parties across America.....

Last week the owner of the jewelry store next door told me they are planning an "All Things Royal" jewelry event  April 29th. "All That Glitters" is a lovely fine jewelry shop.  I have been going through all my tea books looking for ideas for them as they serve lovely refreshments at their events. 

 Are you familiar with the boxed set cookbook and CD known as Afternoon Tea Serenade by Sharon O'Connor?  It is truly wonderful and the music is the type you can get lost in!  This is part of what is known as the Menus and Music Series and Sharon has given me permission to feature this recipe on my blog!  It originated with Chef John Higgins who was the former chef for 2 years at Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace Shortbread

You will need 2 cups of unsalted butter (4 sticks) at room temperature, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 4 cups pastry flour (I used cake flour), 1 1/3 cups cornstarch and some superfine sugar for sprinkling

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. In a medium bowl, stir the flour and cornstarch together. Gently stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it forms a soft dough. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Dust the dough lightly with flour and roll it out to 3/4 "  square or rectangle on a sheet of parchment  paper.  Transfer the parchment paper and dough to a baking sheet.  Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to the touch.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the shortbread generously with superfine sugar.  While still warm, use a paring knife to cut the shortbread into 48 pieces. (I precut mine and also in high altitude added 1/4 cup water)

Some Buckingham Palace Garden Party loose black tea seemed most approriate for the shortbread celebration!

 I love the Menus and Music Series and often use the recipes in a number of them!  The music is quite beautiful and sets a lovely background for tea or any occasion....

My Old Country Rose Teaset seemed to go well with the royal recipe!

 to purchase the set or tea:


Heirlooms For You said...

Beautiful setting. I can't wait to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing. Carol

Carla said...

Hi Bernideen,
Thanks for the great shortbread recipe. Love the Buckingham Palace Theme post. There will be lots of Royal Tea Parties going on in honor of the Royal Wedding! I'm thinking of hosting one myself and the recipe will come in handy.

my cup of tea said...

Can't wait to try this recipe! I just love your beautiful teapot with the lovely warmer! So pretty!
Happy Tea-day!

Johanna said...

Hello Bernideen,
oh my, this is truly a Royal Tea Time with crownshaped shortbreads and Royal loose black tea. Your Old Country Rose Chintz tea pot set is gorgeous and perfect for that.
Greetings, Johanna

Patricia Ann said...

Thank you, Bernideen, for a lovely post. I have that book & CD and will pull it out soon and try to make the shortbread. But, I'll have to find pastry flour first. I've never bought it before and I don't know if it's for sale in my market.

Deanna said...

Yummmmmm...wish I could taste some of it right now!
Thx for sharing and God bless,

Lavender Cottage said...

Bernideen, you've set a tea fit for royalty! How nice to have Buckingham Palace tea and shortbread. The recipe must make a lot of biscuits.

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good afternoon Bernideen,
I do love your pretty teapot! The OCR chintz is a favourite pattern! Shortbread is also a favourite cookie so your post is very appealing to me today! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your wonderful photos. I've enjoyed your tea!


Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen...looks scruptious! And I LOVE the crown cookie cutter!!! My brother in law in England attended the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2002. Said he got withoin 6 feet of the queen and the food was scrumptious! I have alist of wat was served somewhere...I'll have to look for it.

Rosemary said...

Thanks for sharing this Bernideen. A friend of mine found this music/book set at a yard sale and gave it to me. I was so excited as I've always wanted a copy! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it will be perfect for our Royal Gala Tea in April. Nancy

Deanna said...

Bernideen, I could have sworn that I was following you! I guess since I've been MIA off and on I've lost track of some of my favorite blogs. Well I found you again and for that I am glad!

Thank you for the recipe!

Deanna :D

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my I am overcome with the beauty and detail that you put into your tea.

I am thrilled to have the shortbread recipe.

My heart is going pitter pat over all your china. It is truly lovely.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating in the tea.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2011 said...

Hi Bernideen! I have this set too--actually I have quite a few of theirs and I love them all. The music is just perfect and I have used them at several tea parties.

Hope you're having a TEA-rrific day!

Hugs, Sheri :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Shortbreads are my very favorite to eat with tea! Crunchy, flakey and so sweet.
Your tea table is so pretty. I think Chintz makes the most perfect tea cup!
What a informtive and fun filled post!

Deanna said...

Blessings to you!
Sweet time enjoying a Tea Party with tasty treats.
God bless,