Time to Pull Out Your Shortbread Recipes

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Bakers, prepare to tie on your aprons and pull out the butter. On April 24th you’ll have an opportunity to show off your favorite shortbread recipe (you have one, don’t you?) at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival in Woodland.

A homemade shortbread contest, a tasty feature of this lively event, challenges bakers to get creative: “It’s mostly just flour, butter and sugar, but it’s those extra additives that make all the difference,” notes Kirsten Macintyre, scholarship chair for the Daughters of Scotia, Kilwinning Lodge #203, sponsor of this unique contest.

There are three contest categories:

1.) Traditional Shortbread
“Traditional Shortbread” is defined as shortbread made using the primary ingredients of flour, butter and sugar. Other ingredients will not disqualify the shortbread as traditional, but should not materially alter the traditional taste.

2.) Junior Baker
One special award will be given to the entry created by a baker aged 16 or younger

3.) Nontraditional Shortbread
Entries in this category may include any other ingredients in whatever quantities, may be flavored, and/or may be presented in an unusual or nontraditional way.

Contestants may enter as many recipes as they like, but there is a $10 fee requested for each entry. Entry funds will benefit the Betty Connelly Scholarship Fund for the Scottish Performing Arts, which provides financial assistance to Sacramento-area students of the Scottish performing arts, such as dancing, piping and drumming.

For more information about the contest, contact Kirsten Macintyre at alexmac@surewest.net or (916) 564-4170.
For information about the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival, visit www.saccallie.org/games